Amazon's transformative office complex in downtown Vancouver nears completion
Daily Hive | May 26, 2023
This is Part One of a two-part series on the single largest office development project in Vancouver’s history.
The Post carries at least five superlatives for its local economic significance and design.
Spanning a city block immediately north of Library Square, it is the single largest office building in Metro Vancouver, with 1.1 million sq ft of office space — enabling the single largest critical mass of employment in downtown Vancouver.
The entire office space component is leased to Amazon, which has designated this building as its main corporate office hub in Vancouver.
It has the largest office floor plates in downtown Vancouver and the largest total rooftop outdoor amenity space for workers in any office building in Metro Vancouver.
Below the office levels, The Post will also introduce the single largest net gain in commercial retail/restaurant space in the downtown Vancouver peninsula in more than two decades, ever since the construction of the International Village Mall.
And there could be just one more superlative, specifically relating to the heritage design. Graeme Scott, the vice president of mixed-use development for Quadreal Property Group, believes this is the most ambitious heritage redevelopment in Canada’s history.
It was just over a decade ago that the federal government sold the historic Canada Post building to British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, which then created its wholly owned real estate development firm, called Quadreal Property Group, to manage and maximize the potential of its real estate investments.
Shortly after the acquisition and Canada Post’s relocation to a new modern facility at Vancouver International Airport, the legendary 730-metre-long tunnel between the building and Waterfront Station was filled in. It previously had a conveyance system to transport mail and packages for the final leg to the processing facility after arriving by train.