Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, 745 Thurlow was one of the first office buildings in the city designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The 23-storey, 365,000 sq. ft. tower’s first three floors feature retail, amenity and restaurant space with the remaining floors dedicated to commercial use. To top it off, 745 Thurlow incorporates a beautiful green roof space that features unimpeded views of English Bay.
Because of height limitations due to view corridor restrictions in the City of Vancouver, the new office tower had to minimize floor structure depth in order to maximize the number of floors within the available height. Working with the project team, RJC was able to achieve large column-free spans using post-tensioned concrete slabs that met these height constraints.
The architectural vision for this project included sloping building faces and column-free interior floor space. This meant that columns had to be placed on the perimeter, and they had to slope with the building faces. RJC undertook special studies and carefully coordinated the structural layouts with the architectural team to ensure that the sloping columns did not adversely affect the structure under seismic loading. This building was designed to achieve LEED Core and Shell Gold certifications.