6 office buildings totalling 2 million sq. ft. planned for False Creek Flats

Daily Hive | Kenneth Chan January 26, 2018 4:20 pm

PCI Developments’ upcoming office building projects along Great Northern Way will lay the groundwork of the False Creek Flats’ transformation into a major tech and employment hub.

Tim Grant, the Vice-President of PCI, told Daily Hive the locally-based developer has ambitious near-term plans to build approximately two million sq. ft. of office space over several phases through the mid-to-late 2020s.

Comparatively, that is more than twice the size of Broadway Tech Centre at East Broadway and Renfrew Street, the same floor area as the five-tower Bentall complex at Burrard Station, or a quarter of the space that Amazon is seeking for HQ2 in its international hunt.

There will be up to six mid-rise buildings, with the first building – a seven-storey, 160,000-sq-ft complex – at 565 Great Northern Way set to reach completion this spring. Read more

Finning International to anchor new Great Northern Way office building

Vancouver Sun | Evan Duggan | Published on: January 24, 2018 | Last Updated: January 24, 2018 10:00 AM PST

Vancouver-based Finning International is returning to a new False Creek Flats office complex that sits on lands the company once donated about 17 years ago.

The world’s largest dealer of Caterpillar heavy machinery is moving about 180 staff to a new office project at 565 Great Northern Way that will also include tenants Samsung, Blackbird Interactive Game Studio, Spaces and others.

The seven-storey LEED-Gold complex will include 160,000 square feet of Class-A office space designed for the creative and digital media environment. It will include a rooftop deck, fitness centre, a 2,000-sq.-ft. ground-level retail pavilion and a 20,000-sq.-ft. public plaza.  Read more

Vancouver’s Marine Gateway wins international award for smart urban design

Daily Hive | Kenneth Chan Nov 14, 2017 7:30 pm

The recently completed Marine Gateway mixed-use complex next to SkyTrain’s Marine Drive Station and bus loop has won a global award for excellence from the Washington DC-based Urban Land Institute (ULI) for its innovative and forward-looking approach to design and development.

Eight years after the opening of the Canada Line, Marine Gateway by PCI Developments Corp. is the SkyTrain line’s first major transit-oriented development and one of the region’s most successful given the area’s near-instant transformation into a vibrant hub.  Read more

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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BISNOW: Transit Is The Key To Marine Gateway’s Success. Here’s Why.

BISNOW, Ryan Starr, April 18th, 2016.

PCI Developments just cut ribbon on Marine Gateway. President Andrew Grant tells us why the first major mixed-use project to be directly integrated with the Canada Line is a catalyst for big change in sleepy South Vancouver.

Transit Is The Key To Marine Gateway's Success. Here's Why.

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Parks, beer, transit: A neighbourhood is born at Vancouver’s South Cambie

Georgia Straights, Gail Johnson, February 17th, 2016

Most people save downsizing for their retirement years, but Vancouver’s Kevin Li recently went from a house to a condo at age 37. He swapped the bigger space his home offered for a place that came with built-in community, one that’s springing up around Marine Drive at the south foot of Cambie Street in Vancouver—an area that, until recently, consisted mostly of a scattering of low-rise offices and barren industrial land.

Li was one of the first people to move into Marine Gateway, an 830,000-square-foot mixed-use development that anchors the burgeoning neighbourhood known by the City of Vancouver as Marine Landing.

At his doorstep are a T & T Supermarket, Dublin Crossing Irish pub, Winners, Starbucks, Shoppers Drug Mart, liquor store, and other shops, services, and restaurants, including Pink Elephant Thai, an 11-screen Cineplex VIP movie theatre, and a Steve Nash Fitness World. Read more