Hudson

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610 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Hudson
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The Hudson
Building Information
Developer Peter Wall - Wall Financial & Rob Macdonald
Architect Stantec Architecture Ltd
Management Company Macdonald Commercial Real Estate Services Ltd.
Number of Units 432
Number of Floors 35
Year Built 2006
Construction Method Concrete
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610 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (243) Comprehensive Development District (Downtown)
Title of Land Freehold Strata


Contents

Background

The Hudson is a luxury condominium high rise in Downtown Vancouver located at 610 Granville Street in Vancouver's downtown core. It is a 35-storey residential freehold strata with four levels of retail shops and 432 condominiums. The building has studios, one, two and three bedrooms apartments as well as penthouses.

Bird's eye view of the Hudson

The Hudson was built in 2006 atop two heritage-designated buildings. The first one is the B.C. Electric building built in 1928 by the B.C. Electric Railway Co. It was originally a showroom for modern domestic electrical appliances and since then has been the home of Germain’s, a high end women’s fashion store and most recently, the Art, Technology and Science Centre. The second one is Vancouver's old tailor’s shop built in 1892 that originally had a residence for women upstairs. The storefront has been used for various purposes since its construction, including a liquor store, dry goods and a confectionery.

In 2001, Vancouver developer Rob Macdonald purchased the strip of deteriorating buildings between Dunsmuir Street and the Bay requesting a zoning change from the then commercial only zone to a live/work commercial one. The city agreed and Macdonald Seymour Development Ltd. agreed to retain the facade of the two heritage-designated buildings and to also include a public access to the SkyTrain for people with disabilities.

The Hudson is a joint project between Macdonald Seymour Development, a Vancouver based development company and Wall Financial Corp, a company that operates in three segments of the real estate industry primarily in Vancouver. Those three segments are: ownership and management of revenue-producing residential apartment and commercial properties; ownership and management of hotel properties; and development and sale of residential housing. The building was designed by Stantec Architecture Ltd, an international company that provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects.

The 35 storey tower houses 432 live/work units on top of three floors of commercial and retail space with six levels of underground parking. [1]


Location

Vancouver's Business District

Located in Vancouver's central business district, The Hudson is situated at 610 Granville Street and has a side address at 688 Dunsmuir Street. It is the Only Residential Tower between Robson and Pender, Granville and Burrard Streets. It is located atop the Granville SkyTrain station, The Bay and Pacific Center Mall for shopping and a Steve Nash Fitness Center. There are countless nearby movie theaters, restaurants, Granville Square and is within walking distance of Stanley Park.

Vancouver's business district emerged in the early 1900s when the building boom in the area began. From 1907 to 1913 a number of office buildings were built in the area along West Hasting Street. The district only expanded after the 1970s, with many of the new buildings emerging after the 1980s. It is home to sixty percent of Vancouver's downtown office space and houses the headquarters of forest products, mining companies, engineering firms as well as branches of national and international banks. There are also many accounting and law firms, malls, and luxury hotels. [2]

Construction

BC Electric Showroom Heritage

The construction of The Hudson started in 2003 and was completed in 2006. With a height of 99.34m, this modern high-rise building has 35 floors above ground and seven below the ground. It has six elevators and 522 parking spaces. The total cost for its construction was $110,000,000 CAD. [3]

The Hudson has 250 feet of frontage along Granville and 120 feet along Dunsmuir. It was constructed with composite materials, which is a generic term to describe any building construction involving multiple dissimilar materials. The many reasons to revert to that type of construction comprise the increase of the building's strength, its aesthetics and sometimes its environmental sustainability.

It has conserved the facade of two of Vancouver's oldest buildings west of Gastown, the historic BC Electric Showroom, and another early three-storey Victorian style building constructed with brick and granite. Heavy steel and wood beams have been used to brace both buildings to ensure their survival.

The developers have imported plumbing fixtures in gleaming white and Italian sink and bathtub faucets are all in polished chrome.

Layout and Features

At the Hudson, a classic European design blends polished "terrazzo look" counters with limestone backslash, residents can choose between a warm chocolate brown or soft cream, with satin nickle hardware, stainless steel appliance and designer lighting.

Every kitchen has an open layout and is equipped with custom built in wine rack, and has a lot of storage space.

In every bathroom, there is a custom designed tub that is surrounded by imported Italian porcelain tiles and marble.

Interior Features

  • Geometric-grid design carpet in living, dining & bedroom areas
  • Imported porcelain 12"x12" floor tiles in entryway, kitchen & bath
  • Halogen lighting in entry and kitchen
  • Open peninsula design in kitchen
  • Stainless steel fridge and stove
  • Black microwave and dishwasher
  • Garburator
  • Stacking washer and dryer
  • Polished stone 'terrazzo-look kitchen countertop
  • Imported, polished limestone-inspired porcelain backsplash
  • Contemporary kitchen cabinetry
  • Custom built-in wine rack matching kitchen cabinetry
  • Italian marble vanity countertop
  • Vanity cabinetry with polished chrome cylinder hardware
  • Glazed ceramic large-format tile in bathtub surround
  • Framed mirror at vanities with halogen bath-bar lighting

Floor Plans

In 2004 The Hudson was the only building with live-work/commercial zoning. The 432 suites range in size from 419-square-foot studios to three-bedroom, 1,450-square-foot with 12 penthouse units. [4]

Amenities

The Hudson is a mercantile live-work/commercial environment, which means its main usage is for both residential condominium and commercial office. A live/work unit presents an opportunity to its residents to minimize their carbon footprint as well as save time and money. In particular, it matters to those starting their own freelance careers or businesses. The cost of running physical premises is usually the biggest cost of all for a new business. [5]

  • 24 hour concierge
  • Garden on the fourth level
  • Fitness room and lounge on the sixth floor
  • Meeting rooms and storage lockers on the seventh floor
  • Six elevators
  • Live-work/Commercial status
  • 522 parking spaces
  • Home of the Steve Nash Gym
  • Bike room
  • In suite laundry


Bylaws

Hudson Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No


  • Pets allowed with restrictions
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions in this building

Sustainability

The Hudson is located in Downtown Vancouver which has the goal to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. This initiative has city staff, Council, residents, businesses, other organizations, and all levels of government working together to implement an action plan to achieve that goal. The Greenest City 2020 Action Plan has three main focus: Carbon, Waste and Ecosystems.

Over 35,000 people participated in the plan’s development through social media, face-to-face workshops and events by actively contributing ideas, insights, and feedback. The main vision of this project is to stay on the leading edge of urban sustainability by building a strong local economy, vibrant and inclusive neighbourhoods, and an internationally recognized city that meets the needs of generations to come. [6]


Prior to the Greenest City 2020 initiative in 2009, the Vancouver was already working on addressing climate change and create a sustainable city. Below are some of the key sustainability programs and accomplishments from the past twenty years:

  • Passed the Green Rezoning Policy in 2010 requiring all new rezoning for buildings to include LEED standards
  • Revised the City's building bylaw in 2008 to include new green home requirements for one- and two-family homes
  • Passed Ecodensity in 2008, which promotes more sustainable planning processes
  • Adopted the Community Climate Change Action Plan in 2005, with targets and strategies for greenhouse gas reductions
  • Produced "The Climate-Friendly City," a corporate climate change action plan for city operations, in 2005
  • Formed the Cool Vancouver Task Force in 2002 to help create action plans to address climate change
  • Adopted a comprehensive transportation plan in 1997, which emphasized transit, cycling, and walking
  • Adopted the Vancouver Greenways Plan in 1995, which supports the development of more walking and cycling opportunities
  • Adopted CityPlan in 1995, which gives direction for developing sustainable communities
  • Produced the "Clouds of Change" report in 1990, which called for actions for reducing carbon emissions

With a walking score of 100 The Hudson's residents daily errands do not require a car. [7]

Trivia

The Hudson’s Bay Company building in Downtown Vancouver in 1918
  • HBC was chartered in 1670, and at one time the company owned 15% of the North American landmass. What had began, as a fur trading company, would, over time, eventually become the Canadian retail giant that it’s known as today. “The Bay” branch of the HBC has some 92 existing locations in Canada
  • Rumor has it many of the downtown Vancouver Bay's former dedicated employees' ghosts roam the building’s floors [8]
  • The Hudson's facade is used as the store front for Reed&Reed Law firm in Fairly Legal, a television series which ran on USA from January 20th 2011 to June 15th 2012. The series starred Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Baron Vaughn, and Ryan Johnson

References

  1. The Hudson
  2. City of Vancouver
  3. The Hudson on Emporis
  4. The Hudson's Floor Plans
  5. The Hudson on Vancouver Condos
  6. Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Action Plan
  7. The Hudson on Walk Score
  8. The Hudson’s Bay Company on


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