Conference Plaza

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438 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

Conference Plaza
Conference Plaza-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

An exterior shot of Conference Plaza on Seymour Street
Building Information
Developer New World Equities
Architect Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Management Company Rancho Property Management
Number of Units 252
Number of Floors 31
Year Built 1996
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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438 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby, Skytrain accessible
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (316)
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

A street level picture


Standing in Vancouver's famed Downtown district, Conference Plaza is a tall, handsome building that manages to successfully stand out from its neighbours; an accomplishment to be sure, given the caliber of residences that populate the area. Built in 1996 and developed by New World Equities, Conference Plaza is a 31 floor tower containing 252 residential units, which are available for both sale and rent.[1]

It was designed by Stantec Architecture, and the firm did a good job making the building look handsome yet subdued, with the relative lack of contemporary ornamentation and flair giving it a quiet elegance.

As with so many other luxury residences in the Downtown area, Conference Plaza offers its residents a variety of unique amenities that suit the fast-paced West Coast lifestyle quite well, making their day to day living experience just a little bit better. In addition, its location in itself could be considered one such amenity, as standing on Seymour Street means that it is quite close to some of the city's best shopping, food, and attractions, something that is sure to be appealing to the people that call Conference Plaza home.


Location

A shot of Seymour Street

Conference Plaza's location in Downtown Vancouver is nothing less than a tremendous benefit to its residents, given the fact that the Downtown area has long been recognized as the centre of the city for many things; finance, commercial, entertainment, along with many other important aspects. For instance, Vancouver's world renowned Stanley Park is close to Downtown Vancouver, and receives more than eight million visitors a year.

Another example would be Rogers Arena, a sports complex formerly known as General Motors Place and home of the hometown ice hockey franchise, the Vancouver Canucks. Any mention of Downtown attractions would be incomplete without talking about the wealth of boutiques and shops that can be found around there, to say nothing of the selection of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that all populate the same general area.[2]

It is very possible to live at Conference Plaza and never need to use a car, as many stores and services are located within easy walking distance from Conference Plaza's front doors. In addition, should one need to get somewhere that is a little bit farther, Vancouver's public transit system has two options. The first is their formidable bus service, with 49 bus stops in the vicinity of Conference Plaza alone. The second is the city's elevated light rail, the SkyTrain, with two stations located nearby. As Vancouver's terrain is fairly even and flat, owning a bike and using that for transportation is a valid option, especially with all the bike lanes in the city.[3]

Construction

An example of a living room

A typical concrete tower like many of its contemporaries, Conference Plaza nevertheless had enough little touches added to it by Stantec to give it an individual appearance and make it distinct.

While the finish is primarily concrete, the windows were placed in such a way as to break up the monotony of the grey stone, with the external metal frames outside the panes breaking it up further still.

The non-uniform projections of certain windows also helped in this regard, with the resulting asymmetrical facade possessing a classy air.

Layout and Features

The many residences at Conference Plaza come in one and two bedroom configurations, with the number of bathrooms in a unit usually matching the number of bedrooms. The residences actually do not seem to vary that much in size, with a typical one bedroom unit measuring in at around 470 square feet while a two bedroom unit might not be much more than that, coming in at around 700 square feet.

In terms of equipment, the units come standard with features like hardwood floors, granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, and large windows. Other features include balconies and in-suite laundry.[4]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, Conference Plaza does not currently have any free floor plans for public viewing. Thus, prospective residents will need to rely on video footage get an idea of how the units are laid out, and what kind of features they have to offer.

[5] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Conference Plaza offers a variety of amenities for its residents to use, such as:

  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Gated parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Concierge
  • Lounge



Bylaws

Conference Plaza Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Rentals are allowed
  • A limited selection of pets are permitted
  • There is no age restriction on residents


Sustainability

Conference Plaza was constructed in a time when sustainability just was not as important as it is now. Thus, it has no real green measures to speak of.

However, there are no signs that Conference Plaza is any worse than its contemporaries in this area and residents can certainly take measures to reduce their impact on the environment should they desire to.

For instance, recycling regularly would be a great way to start living green. Another, would be to use the transit system more instead of simply driving a car.

Trivia

  • Like a few other buildings, Conference Plaza has no 13th floor
  • Conference Plaza stands at a height of 88 metres/288 feet[6]
  • Other buildings by Stantec Architecture include 401 West Georgia and the Vancouver General Hospital Jim Pattison Pavilion
  • While pets are ostensibly allowed, the popular choices of cats and dogs are not

References

  1. Conference Plaza
  2. Wikipedia - Downtown Vancouver
  3. Walk Score
  4. Conference Plaza
  5. Conference Plaza Walk-Through on Youtube
  6. Pacific Northwest Architecture - Conference Plaza


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