Aviara

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1710 Gilmore Avenue, Burnaby, BC

Aviara
Aviara-exterior.jpg

Exterior rendering of Aviara
Building Information
Developer Ledingham McAllister
Architect Hewitt & Company Architecture Inc.
Number of Units 239
Number of Floors 34
Year Built 2014
Construction Method Concrete
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1710 Gilmore Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Burnaby
Zoning RM5/C3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Avaria is developed by Ledingham, a company that has been working in Vancouver since 1905 starting work in the the Mount Pleasant area. The building is the first tower representing the new planned community in the Brentwood area of Burnaby. [1]

Early Ledingham Truck

The population of the Brentwood area is a bit more than 7,500 and represents 4% of Burnaby's population in private households. Since 1986, the population has increased by 18% compared to the 41% increase in all of Burnaby.

The general age distribution of people living is the area is 20 - 44 years old. Most immigrants are Chinese and it is speculated that the total immigrant population in Brentwood is about 3,500 compared to the 102,000 in Burnaby.

The most common type of housing in Brentwood is single and two family homes. That is then followed by high rise apartment buildings and finally town homes and low rise apartments.

The top five occupation of people living in Brentwood are business and finance, sales and service, trades and transport, natural and applied sciences, and management.


Location

Burnaby is a rapidly growing community with many attractions and special events for every season and every interest.

Burnaby
The City has a variety of creative displays including artwork and theater. Many of them are located within restored heritage buildings. Those looking to find some inspiration can visit the Burnaby art Gallery, the Burnaby Village Museum, the Shadbolt Center for the Arts and various community arts hosted all over the city.

There are also many parks, trails and shorelines to explore. Popular places to do that include the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Central Park, Barnett Marine Park, Deer Lake Park, and Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park.

In addition, there are hundreds of shops and stores in the area. The malls include Metropolis at the Metrotown Mall on Kingsway Avenue, Crystal Mall, Lougheed Mall, and Bentwood Mall. [2]

Most daily errands can be performed without a car. Within walking distance of Aviara is the Lin-Act restaurant, Tim Hortons Coffee, Save-On-Foods groceries, and Willingdon Heights Park. There are also more than a dozen bus routes in the area and also access to the SkyTrain, making travel to other parts of the city easy. [3]

Construction

Preliminary Aviara excavation

Aviaria is an architectural work of art with its curved glass and concrete. It was a unique neon light feature that rises up the entire 290 foot height of the building. The exterior walls are clad with glass, metal and concrete.

Much thought was put into the placement of the building. It was orientated to maximize views of the city and mountains. The shape of the building was selected so that the existing neighboring buildings are able to see beyond to the views.

The lobby has high ceilings, a water fall, zen reflecting ponds, and decorative paving stones. The entrance canopy is composed of glass and steel that creates an memorable impression. [4]

The floor plates are laid out to have eight suites per level. There are two on the concave side, and six along the convex side. The two top levels contain a total of four homes. The town homes on the ground level reach only three stories.

Eventually, the development is going to have two additional buildings. Originally, one of those buildings was going to be six stories, but after a fire occurred at a similarly designed building in Richmond, these designs have become unpopular. The city is planning that the three buildings be built on each corner of the property, meaning that the carefully planned views of the first tower would be blocked for the first ten floors.[5]

Layout and Features

The suites feature laminate wood floors in the entrance, kitchen living room, dining room and den. In the bedrooms, there is 36-ounce nylon carpeting. The doors within are a contemporary flat panel style. Framing the doors and windows are clean wood baseboards. In the dining area, the ceiling is pre-wired in anticipation of a custom light fixture.

In the kitchen, there are flat panel cabinets available in either dark or light tones with a wood finish. The counter tops are quartz-composite and match the ceramic tile back splash. Stainless steel appliances include a gas cook top, a wall oven, a french door refrigerator with a freezer drawer and others available with the upgraded set.

The en-suite features a soaker tub with porcelain tile surround, a quartz vanity and back splash, a large mirror, chrome hardware, a shower with a seat and shelves and recessed pot lighting.

Security wise, the building has personally coded entry devices to allow access to the lobby, elevators, and residential floors. There are cameras that allow pre-screening of guests, well lit walkways and warranties covering labor, building envelope, and structure. [6]

Floor Plans

The unit sizes range from 634 to 1389 square feet.

Amenities

Amenities in Aviaria include:

  • A social lounge set for informal gatherings. Includes a wet bar and billiard tables.
  • A fully equipped fitness center.
  • A garden terrace.
  • A hotel style guest suite.

Bylaws

Aviara Bylaws
Pets Yes


  • Pet friendly with restrictions

Sustainability

BCIT Green Roof Study

The City of Burnaby has an extensive sustainability plan and goals. Some of the green initiatives that have already taken place in Burnaby include:

  • Public buildings such as Tommy Douglas Library, and Edmonds Aquatic and Community Center have been LEED Certified.
  • Burnaby has partnered with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to investigate opportunities regarding green roofs.
  • Burnaby Mountain Secondary School was constructed using geothermal heating and cooling technology. [7]


Trivia

Gilmore Avenue School first grade class 1941
  • On the day that the office opened for pre-sales, there was a line of people waiting out in lawn chairs to get their first pick of the suites.
  • 25% of the City of Burnaby's land is preserved for parks, conservation and green-space.
  • The City of Burnaby won the 2011 FCM Sustainable Community Award [8]
  • Burnaby School Board opened the first two-room school on Gilmore Avenue in 1912. There were 53 students, ranging from six to 16 being taught by Miss Mary A. Crossan. As the population of students steadily rose, a decision was made to build a permanent brick school house.

The brick building was designed by Joseph Bowman with a classic revival architectural style. The school cost $40,000 to develop, and consisted of eight school rooms. It was officially opened on August 27th 1915. A heritage marker was dedicated in 2005 to mark the buildings 90th Birthday. [9]

References

  1. Ledmac
  2. Burnaby
  3. Walk Score
  4. Ledmac
  5. Vancouver Sun
  6. Ledmac
  7. Burnaby
  8. Burnaby
  9. Burnaby


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