Marine Gateway by PCI Developments Named Finalist for 2017 Urban Land Institute Global Awards of Excellence

Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for ULI’s 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs. This year’s finalists include three located in Asia, two in Europe, and 20 in North America, one of which is PCI Development’s Marine Gateway project located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A group of winners chosen from the finalists will be announced in October at the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles. The finalists (with the names of the developers and designers in parentheses) are listed here.

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Why TransLink is a Leader in Transit-Oriented Development

TransLink works closely with public and private sector partners to foster transit-oriented development, and the rest of the North America is taking notice

Over one million times each day, a train, bus or ferry operated by South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) in the Greater Vancouver area is boarded. That translates to approximately 418,000 people—or about 18 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s population—taking a trip on public transit on a typical weekday. The five busiest TransLink stations have more foot traffic than Vancouver’s busiest street corner at Robson and Burrard.

In order for this level of frequent transit use to be successful, it is essential that people can walk to transit services quickly and conveniently from the places they live, work, shop and play, says TransLink.

“TransLink is a leader in North America in its efforts to work closely with public and private sector partners to foster transit-oriented development,” explains Kevin Desmond, chief executive officer of TransLink. “This type of collaboration enables people to drive less and to walk, cycle and take transit more often. This maximizes the value of transit investments for the region. We all benefit.” Read more

Marine Gateway construction a logistics challenge and success

by Jean Sorensen

When the skill of the construction team bringing in mega-project Marine Gateway is drilled down to one feat, it is the ability to raise up a project with two residential towers only yards from an operating rapid-transit line and a commercial and office tower over a busy bus loop serving South Vancouver.

Marine Gateway built on top of Marine Drive Canada Line Station

“We actually built underneath the (Canada Line) guide-way on the north side and connected into the station on the south side so that people (in the residential towers) living there don’t have to go outside,” said Ledcor Construction Limited project manager Crystal Schroeder, who worked the project with senior project manager Jonathan Boyce and senior superintendent Carlos Perdomo.

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CCS Help Headquarter

Coast Capital Savings anchors Surrey transit hub

The recent opening of Coast Capital Savings’ “Help Headquarters” completes the first phase of The HUB at King George Station development and marks the next step in the impressive evolution of Surrey, B.C.

“Surrey is a really exciting place with a growing, young and educated population, with the Surrey city centre — where we are — anchoring it at this transit hub,” said Tim Grant, vice-president of investment for PCI Developments Corp., the company that built the 185,000-square-foot facility for approximately $100 million over two years.

“Given all the government infrastructure that’s been put in over the last several years, we’re starting to see things take off and there’s really good demand to be in the area. From our standpoint, it’s a community to watch.” Read more

Art school at centre of redrawn Vancouver neighbourhood

The Globe and Mail – November 30, 2015

[With] Emily Carr’s move in 2017 from Granville Island to a new campus a few kilometres away in the False Creek Flats neighbourhood, lying just south by southeast of the downtown, a short walk from the Olympic Village, the art university is being proclaimed a catalyst for a commercial real estate development boom.

“It’s going to be a catalyst for further development, not only on this site, but I believe in and around the area,” said Anita Molaro, assistant director of planning for the City of Vancouver.

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Vancouver Sun: New Metro Vancouver retail developments cluster around transportation hubs

Vancouver Sun, Evan Duggan, November 24, 2015

With the holiday shopping season ratcheting up, two large retail developments in Metro Vancouver are in the process of opening, with the developers touting the convenience of nearby public transit as a lure for shoppers.

Metro Vancouver’s retail sector is transforming, with retailers at Marine Gateway in Vancouver and Station Square in Burnaby opening new shops at dense, mixed-use projects located at transit hubs, with immediate connections to the SkyTrain, Canada Line and bus networks.

With retail openings taking place now through early 2016, Marine Gateway will include shops, a pub, offices, a fitness facility and an 11-screen Cineplex Theatre complex. The development, located at the Canada Line’s Marine Drive station near the South Vancouver Bus Loop, also includes 415 condominium and 46 rental units.

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