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Vancouver Convention Center

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Project Name

Vancouver Convention Center

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1,200,000 sq. feet


BC Pavilion Corp.


  • Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
  • General Contractor: PCL Constructors
  • Civil Engineer: Ausenco Sandwell
  • : Schenke/Bawol Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects
  • WorleyParsons Westmar
  • : Stantec
  • Structural Engineer: Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers
  • Arup Acoustics
  • Sparling
  • Barrier Free Design
  • LMDG Building Code Consultants
  • Morrison Hershfield
  • KD Engineering
  • KD Engineering
  • Pace Group
  • BTY Group
  • K. Grassi Project Development
  • K. Grassi Project Development
  • EBA Engineering Consultants
  • Carol Roberts
  • Buckley-Christison International
  • GHL Consultants
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Golder Associates
  • Rana Creek Habitat Restoration
  • William Caruso & Associates
  • Levelton Consultants
  • Bunt & Associates Engineering
  • Bunt & Associates Engineering
  • Stantec
  • Public Art Management
  • Levelton Consultants
  • Urbanics Consultants
  • Bell-Irving Grauer Enterprise Corp.
  • 3Si Risk Strategies
  • Gottschalk + Ash International
  • Gottschalk + Ash International
  • Structural Engineer: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
  • Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers
  • Butler Sundvick & Associates
  • BuildGreen Solutions
  • RADA Technology Consulting
  • Olympic Associates
  • John W. Gunn Consultants
  • DFA Engineering Services
  • Nic Lehoux
  • Rana Creek Habitat Restoration
  • Structural Engineer: Earth Tech

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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.
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