Met

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6566 Nelson Avenue, Burnaby, BC

Met
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Rendering of the Met
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Architect Buttjes Architecture
Number of Units 259
Number of Floors 37
Year Built 2015
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tile
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6566 Nelson Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Burnaby
Zoning RM5/C3
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Historic house in Burnaby. Today it is the Burnaby Art Museum

The site of the Met was formerly a vacant lot. According to charted condominium sales trends, active listings are rapidly increasing, at a rate faster than the units are being sold.

The population is steadily increasing in the city. In 1981, single family homes represented more than half of the city's housing. Today, that number had decreased to less than 28%. Taking over that statistic, is a rise in high rise resdiences, with the numbers tripling in the last 30 years. [1]

The original growth of Burnaby is due to its location between New Westminister and Vancouver. In September of 1892, the Corporation of the District of Burnaby was granted a letters patent by the Provincial Government to incorporate the district. Unfortunately, the Great Fire in New Westminister also destroyed many of Burnaby's early records. [2]

Today, Burnaby is one of the most attractive cities on the mainland. It has many parks, and universities including Simon Fraser and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. New condominiums have been sprouting up all over the place, replacing the old and bringing in the modern.

Location

View of Burnaby from Deer Lake Park

The City of Burnaby is the third largest city in British Columbia, by population, next to Vancouver and Surrey.

One of the popular parks in Burnaby is Central Park. It's a 90 hectare park known for its gardens and recreation facilities including tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a horseshoe pitch, and a pitch and putt. There are also urban cycling trails and a fitness circuit.

The Burnaby Public Library was opened in 1991. It supplies thousands of books, novels and music in multiple languages. There are also many information sessions and programs plus free wi-fi and computer terminals for public use.

The Bonsor Recreation Complex is across the street from the Met. There are many services available including swimming, recquetball, squash, gymnasium sports, weight training, fine arts, yoga, dance, and fitness.

Metropolis at Metrotown, is the largest shopping center in British Columbia. It contains over 450 stores including Coach, Silver City Theaters, Lulu Lemon, H&M and many more.

Within walking distance of 6566 Nelson Avenue is Uncle Willy's restaurant, Turkish House Cafe and Bistro, Superstore, and MTI Community College.

There are 14 accessible bus routes and the SkyTrain can easily transfer people from Metrotown to Surrey, Richmond or Downtown Vancouver. [3]


Construction

Photo 1

The Met, when completed in 2015, is 37 stories of glass, concrete and steel. It is a tall contemporary tower with townhouses at the base. The exterior is clad in a combination of materials and there is a full rain screen.

  • Photo 1 shows the immensity of the excavation required for a project of this size. The ground is dug out right to the setbacks in order to have the underground parking as large as possible.
    • To prevent the earth from caving in, a slurry wall is used. The slurry wall is what supports the vertical sides of the hole. It is a combination of excessively liquid concrete and a wire mesh.
    • Also in the image, the concrete form is seen next to the slurry wall. It is the black tarp like form.
    • Looking closely, the reinforcing welded wire rebar can be seen sticking out above. The reason it is not the same height as the concrete form is because it will now continue right into the future concrete above which allows better bonding.
Photo 2



  • In photo 2, the dense grid of rebar is the beginning of the elevator shaft. The concrete is contained by wooden forms for 21 days while it is left to cure. In front, there are columns that have already been poured and have have the forms stripped. They were poured at least 21 days prior. The rebar is again seen sticking out the top of the column awaiting the next level of concrete.



Photo 3
  • Photo 3 shows advancement in the elevator core. It has "broke ground" and is awaiting the approval of the engineer.
    • There are two boxes in the center. One is for the elevators themselves, and one is the elevator service room. It can be seen that the uncovered rebar of the elevator shaft, is much denser than the rebar sticking out from the surrounding columns that have already been poured.
    • The elevator shaft is a core structural component used to resist lateral forces caused by wind and earthquakes. It also ties the building securely into the ground.
    • On the top left hand corner is the sit office. It's not actually on the site, and is built above the street sidewalk.
    • Managing the arrival of materials and their location on site takes great logistical effort.

Layout and Features

The suites feature eight foot eight inch ceilings with higher ceilings in some locations. Most suites have balconies or terraces.

The flooring is finished with wide plank engineered hardwood flooring in the main living areas, carpeting in the bedrooms and stairs, and porcelain tile flooring in the laundry room. There are roller shade window coverings, electric baseboard heating, and a stack-able front load washer and dryer.

Kitchens feature wood veneer cabinetry with open glass display shelving, under cabinet lighting, soft close cabinet hardware, engineered stone counter top, white marble tile back splash, a single stainless steel sink, and an appliance package including a Miele fridge, hood fan, dishwasher, gas cook top and wall oven, and a stainless steel microwave.

The bathrooms are finished with a wood veneer vanity, engineered quartz counter tops, a custom medicine cabinet with mirrors, white marble tile flooring and bath tub and shower surround, and a dual flush toilet.

Penthouse suites have additional features including higher ceilings, private double garage, and a marble backslash. [4]

Floor Plans

Amenities

Lobby

Amenities at Met include:

  • Decorated lobby with public art, a water-framed walkway, and a grand piano.
  • Full time concierge in the lobby.
  • Formal dining room.
  • Lounge with a Theatre and Karaoke room.
  • Formal garden with water features, fire pit and outdoor terrace including a barbecue kitchen.
  • Outdoor putting green.
  • Golf simulator.
  • Web touch cardio gym. [5]

Bylaws

Met Bylaws
Rentals TBD
Pets TBD
Age TBD
Barbecues TBD


At this time the bylaws are pending. The board for Met has not yet been formed and no decisions have been made regarding the allowance of pets, rentals, age, barbecues, or smoking.

Sustainability

This building is yet to receive any sort of green standard certification such as LEED. The City of Burnaby is very committed to protecting the environment and provides education to the residents so that they can do their part and be aware of issues.

One of the ways Burnaby is bettering the environment is through water conservation efforts. Water conservation ensures there is enough potable water throughout the year and reduces pollution by minimizing waste water.

The City of Burnaby recommends two methods to achieve these goals. The first is by using water conservation tools such as a rain barrel. The second is that the city has introduced lawn sprinkling regulations to conserve water, especially during the summer months. [6]

Trivia

1909 train tragedy
  • The City of Burnaby won the Fraser Basin Council Overall Sustainability Award in 2002.
  • Burnaby was first founded with the discovery of Burnaby Lake. [7]
  • The Metrotown area is still rapidly developing. Sears Canada plans to conduct a $1 billion renovation to expand the shopping center and bring in seven new skyscrapers. In addition, there are four skyscrapers currently under construction in Solo District. [8]
  • In 1909, 22 Japanese laborers were killed when a land slide caused a train to derail. This is considered to be the worst rail disaster in Burnaby's history.

The railway was constructed along the North Shore of Burnaby Lake, which had level grounds, but peat bog at the western end. A sinkhole appeared along the tracks that caused the roadbed to sink 15 feet and leaving the rails under water. To try and solve the problem. 30 carloads of sand and gravel were dumped into the sinkhole every day.

A gravel train was on the track in order to dump the gravel and go back for another load. One of the days, the train arrived early, and all the gravel wasn't dumped by the time the workers went to take a break. When they returned the train was not there. All that could be seen were the tracks going into the muddy water and a few bubbles rising up. [9]

References

  1. Burnaby
  2. Burnaby
  3. Walk Score
  4. The Met Burnaby
  5. BC Condos
  6. Burnaby
  7. British Columbia
  8. VanCity Buzz
  9. Bobbea


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