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Vancouver Convention Center

Vancover, British Columbia Canada


Project Description

LMN Architects • Just by the numbers, the Vancouver Convention Centre West—designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects—is impressive: 1.2 million square feet located on an 11-acre former brownfield site on the city’s waterfront, topped by a six-acre living roof that hosts 400,000 indigenous plants. The jury was wowed by how well the LEED Platinum building was integrated into its context and how it made links between the public space along the harbor and the downtown urban fabric. “I thought it was a miracle to take a convention center, which is really a big blob, and to make it work in a city scale,” juror Bill Valentine said.

The Convention Centre site is more water than land, and the design team was conscious of the local subaquatic ecosystem. At high tide, two-thirds of the building’s footprint—which rests on a precast marine deck supported by steel piles—hovers over the water of Vancouver Harbour. A sea-water pump system uses water from the harbor (which is at a constant temperature) for heating the building in winter and cooling it in summer. LMN collaborated with marine biologists to restore 200 feet of shoreline and develop an artificial reef, a five-tiered concrete-frame structure that will be soon be host to a convention of barnacles, mussels, and starfish.


Project Details

Vancouver Convention Center
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Project Team:
    Rob Widmeyer, partner-in-charge; Mark Reddington, design partner; Tom Burgess, project manager; Brian Tennyson;
  • Architects of Record: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership 
  • General Contractor: PCL Constructors 
  • Civil Engineer: Ausenco Sandwell 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Schenke/Bawol Engineering 
  • Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects 
  • Marine/Foundation Consultant: WorleyParsons Westmar 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Stantec 
  • Structural Engineer: Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers 
  • Acoustic Consultants: Arup Acoustics 
  • A/V: Sparling 
  • Barrier Free: Barrier Free Design 
  • Building Code Consultant: LMDG Building Code Consultants 
  • Building Envelope Consultant: Morrison Hershfield 
  • Commissioning Authority Agent: KD Engineering 
  • Mechanical Commissioning Agent: KD Engineering 
  • Communications Consultant: Pace Group 
  • Cost Consultant: BTY Group 
  • Design Manager: K. Grassi Project Development 
  • Development Manager: K. Grassi Project Development 
  • Environmental Consultant: EBA Engineering Consultants 
  • Ethics Adviser: Carol Roberts 
  • Facility Operations Consultant: Buckley-Christison International 
  • Fire Protection Engineers: GHL Consultants 
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Golder Associates 
  • Horticultural Consultant: Rana Creek Habitat Restoration 
  • Food Service Consultant: William Caruso & Associates 
  • Materials Engineering: Levelton Consultants 
  • Parking Engineering: Bunt & Associates Engineering 
  • Traffic Engineering: Bunt & Associates Engineering 
  • Project Management: Stantec 
  • Public Art Consultant: Public Art Management 
  • Quality Management Consultant: Levelton Consultants 
  • Retail Consultant: Urbanics Consultants 
  • Revenue Maximization: Bell-Irving Grauer Enterprise Corp. 
  • Security Advisor: 3Si Risk Strategies 
  • Signage Consultant: Gottschalk + Ash International 
  • Wayfinding Consultant: Gottschalk + Ash International 
  • Structural Engineer: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design 
  • Specialty Lighting Consultant: Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers 
  • Surveyors: Butler Sundvick & Associates 
  • Sustainability Coordinator: BuildGreen Solutions 
  • Telecommunications Consultant: RADA Technology Consulting 
  • Value Engineering Facilitator: Olympic Associates 
  • Vertical Transportation Consultant: John W. Gunn Consultants 
  • Wind Consultant: DFA Engineering Services 
  • Photography: Nic Lehoux 
  • Ecological Consultant: Rana Creek Habitat Restoration 
  • Structural Engineer: Earth Tech 
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Project Size:
    1,200,000 sq ft
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