918 Cooperage Way, Vancouver, BC
Unique shape of Mariners Facade
|Developer||Concord Pacific Group|
|Architect||Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden|
|Number of Units||133|
|Number of Floors||24|
|918 Cooperage Way, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than a block|
|Title of Land||Strata|
Mariner is located on the site that was previously used for the Peru Pavilion during Expo 86.
The theme for this expo was Transportation and Communication: World in Motion - World in Touch. It was the second expo held in Canada. The logo was three interlocking rings that stood for land, air and water.
The fair was opened by Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. There were pavilions from 54 nations.
Johnny Cash, Loverboy, The Beach Boys, Jacques Cousteau, The Royal Ballet and Joan Rivers are just some of the participants who performed in various types of arts and media.
22 million people attended the expo, and it is still the second biggest event in British Columbia history.
After the expo was completed, the land was purchased by Li Ka-Shing, a wealthy Chinese businessman. The property sat vacant for years until Concord Pacific, a shareholder of Ka-Shing, started developing condominiums.
Mariner is a waterfront residence in the Yaletown Community. The Canadian Pacific Railway had a huge influence on the development of Yaletown. In the 1880s, the rail line had reached Yale, which at the time had been the center for the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. Many factories were built, and eventually real estate started to populate the area.
The AquaBus and False Creek ferries transport passengers from Yaletown to stops such as Science World and Granville Island.
Within walking distance are convenient amenities such as Cafe Firenze, Coopers Pointe bar, Coopers Lookout groceries, and Coopers Park.
Popular destinations within Yaletown include BC Place Stadium, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Center. There are also many clubs and restaurants in to choose from for a fun way to spend the evening. Additionally, there are many parks that are perfect to walk around on a relaxing evening.
Mariner is built out of steel and concrete with a glass curtain exterior, a popular choice for highrises in British Columbia.
Concrete is very resistant to fire, which is a major principal in building material selection and is also a code requirement. The characteristic is influenced by concrete's tensile strength, durability, aggregate size, moisture content permeability, density and thickness. High temperatures on concrete will not cause the concrete to burn, but it will affect its compression and bond strength.
It should also be noted that the rebar within the concrete is embedded for more than just adding tensile strength. Steel is poor in high temperatures, and will lodes its strength and sag when not properly protected. The concrete protects the rebar from the heat, thus there is a greatly reduced risk of the steel failing.
Layout and Features
Mariner was designed to great details, not a single aspect was overlooked or left unplanned. The interior is designed with a Euro-style tone.
Light pours into the rooms creating a large and airy space while presenting the beautiful waterfront views. All suites also have balconies, in-suite heating and cooling, fireplace with either a stone surround and wood mantle, a marble or granite entry and low-pile carpeting.
Parking is secured with a remote entry. All doors entrances are encoded, as well as the lobby, elevators, and residential floors. There is also video surveillance systems monitoring guest entry.
The kitchen has custom design wood cabinetry with polished chrome hardware, granite counter tops, a glass tile back splash, porcelain flooring, stainless steel appliances including a refrigerator, gas cook-top, wall oven, dishwasher, microwave, and also a double stainless steel sink.
The en-suite bathroom and powder room has marble or granite flooring, marble counter tops, marble soaker tub and shower wall, wood cabinetry, chrome hardware, custom mirror, double under mount sinks and a dual flush one piece toilet.
The maintenance fee covers the caretaker, garbage pickup, gardening, gas, hot water, management, and recreation.
Mariner has all of the typical amenities of buildings built in this decade, but there are additional amenities that surpass some of its neighboring buildings:
- 60’ indoor pool
- fully equipped fitness room with a men's and women's change room
- hot tub, sauna and steam room
- yoga/Pilates studio
- Hollywood style theatre
- 2 lane 10-pin bowling alley and billiards room
- boat rentals
- concierge service
- bike room
- exercise center
- multi-purpose room with kitchen
- spa-style treatment rooms
- pets are allowed, two maximum
- rentals are allowed 
This building does not have any record of being sustainable. However, there are ways that residents can do their part for the environment. Some ways to be green include:
- Use rechargeable batteries and recycle old batteries
- Water your plants early in the morning or in the evening
- Buy eco-friendly products
- Pack lunches in reusable containers
- Reuse wrapping paper
- There are 15.4 million chickens in the Vancouver area
- Yaletown is 20 hectares, with more than 11,000 residents and more than 1000 commercial and business venues
- 62% of the buildings in Yaletown were built before 1946
- Between 2000 and 2005, the population of Yaletown grew by 15% 
- The majority of the residents in Yaletown are between 20 and 40
- The Roundhouse Community Center still houses Engine 374, a passenger train that entered Vancouver in 1887
- The wheels on Engine 374 are 69 inch driving wheels
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