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The Atrium

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Project Name

The Atrium


800 Yates Street

V8V 3M2

Project Status


Year Completed



20,000 sq. meters

Construction Cost



Jawl Investment Corporation


  • : Hirschfield Williams Timmins, Avalon Mechanical Consultants
  • Electrical Engineer: Applied Engineering Solutions Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: Bullock Baur & Associates
  • Geotechnical Engineer: CN Ryzuk & Associates
  • Wakefield Acoustics Ltd.
  • JD Dunsmore & Associates Inc.
  • GHL Consultants Ltd.
  • Advicas Group Consultants Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Murdoch de Greeff Inc.
  • Bill Porteous Studio
  • (skylight structure) StructureCraft in collaboration with DAU

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Project Description

Located on a one-acre site in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the Atrium Building comprises approximately 20 000 square metres of class A office and retail space spread across seven levels, with two levels of underground parking. Its design holds aesthetic distinction, user comfort, and civic responsibility as its guiding principles. The seven-storey form is clad in pre-cast concrete panels, zinc, and glass. The proportions and façade-scaled detail responds to the historic context of Victoria’s downtown. The street-level retail and orientation of the atrium and office entries serve the specific use patterns of the site. The project has achieved a LEED Gold rating based in part through the use of passive energy saving and daylighting strategies made possible by the incorporation of an internal atrium. Green roof technology, street-edge rain gardens, and a high-efficiency envelope also contribute to the environmentally sustainable design.
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