- Parkwest I - 455 Beach Crescent, Vancouver, BC
- Parkwest II - 583 Beach Crescent, Vancouver, BC
Parkwest Tower II
|Architect||Hulbert Group International, Inc.|
|Number of Units||348|
|Number of Floors||31|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|Parkwest I - 455 Beach Crescent, Vancouver, BC|
|Distance to Public Transit||Over 25 transit routes within a half kilometer|
|Title of Land||Strata|
The two towers of Vancouver's Parkwest are mirror images of each other. Each 31 story tower sports 174 units for a total of 348 apartments in the development. Parkwest is located across from George Wainborn Park and a short walk to the waterfront and seawall. There residents can jump on the Aquabus to Granville Island Market to shop for tasty gourmet ingredients for a special meal or take in a show at the Arts Club Theatre or some improv comedy at Theatresports.
Yaletown gets its name from the expansion of the railway to the West Coast when a line was extended from the town of Yale, located 240 kilometres to the East of Vancouver. Yale was the centre of the Fraser Canyon gold rush and also home to the Canadian Pacific Railway's Western repair shops.
Yale consequently housed a large population of railway workers. When the line reached Vancouver the Canadian Pacific Railway relocated its shops to the north shore of False Creek and the workers relocated as well, christening their new home on the outskirts of Vancouver Yaletown.
Yaletown grew into an industrial centre with factories and warehouses springing up around the rail yards. Eventually the area became dilapidated and unused, staying that way until significant redevelopment was started after the Expo 86 World's Fair. 
Parkwest is at west end of Vancouver's Yaletown neighbourhood across from the scenic waterfront George Wainborn Park. The Stanley Park Seawall linear park has been continued through the area along the shore of False Creek, forming its southern boundary allowing residents to walk, bike or inline skate west to and around Stanley Park to Coal Harbour or East around to the South side of False Creek and all the way to Kitsilano.
Vancouver city planners imposed stringent guidelines on the development of Yaletown and the former Expo 86 lands, in particular they required a substantial amount of development of the public space, and sensitive preservation of existing heritage buildings and features. The city's new zoning plans helped the process of rejuvenation by calling for office space within Yaletown, as well as preserving its heritage structures. There are size-able areas that were set aside for parks, waterfront access, community centres, and schools.
While little or no original housing from the 19th century remains, several older buildings from the industrial days still exist. In particular the storefronts on Hamilton Street and Mainland Street are the most significant, comprising two intact street-scapes from that era. They are lined with quaint brick warehouses built atop rail platforms. Many have cantilevered canopies to shield residents and visitors from the West Coast elements. These warehouses have been converted into loft apartments and offices, with chic stores, bars and trendy restaurants at the ground level. During the latter years of the dot com boom, this part of Taletown housed Vancouver's "multimedia gulch" similar to the SOMA area of San Francisco.
At the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard stands the Roundhouse Community Centre which was built around an old brick Canadian Pacific roundhouse. The centre uses the old engine turntable as a small outdoor amphitheatre and in honour of the significant role the railway played in the history of the neighbourhood, it also houses Engine 374, which pulled the first passenger train into Vancouver in 1887.
Towering over the central core of Hamilton and Mainland Streets' heritage buildings, most of the other architecture in Yaletown is newly built on the old derelict yards, the vast majority in a contemporary glass and concrete high rise style.
These elegant concrete buildings stand approximately 91 meters (300 feet) tall and are finished with a glass, steel and brick curtain wall facade. Built by prolific Yaletown developer Concord Pacific and designed by architectural firm Hulbert Group International, Inc. the construction was completed in 2005.
The Hulbert Group of Companies is an internationally recognized organization of planners, architects, and related professionals with its head office in West Vancouver, Canada. The firm was originally established in 1974 by Richard E. Hulbert to provide professional services to private and public sector clients. In addition to architecture Hulbert provides planning and urban design as well as communication services.
Notable projects include the Forintek Building, which is a wood research laboratory on the University of British Columbia campus. It is Canada's National Wood Products Research Institute, the facility is known for its use of light frame timber construction in a non-residential building. The heart of the building is the library which also serves as a circulation route, to and from the research scientists' offices.
Another well known project is the Hyatt Regency at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast of Australia. The hotel is the focal point for the Sanctuary Cove Resort. Guest room buildings are spread through a wooded area where 134 different species of plants are grown. The Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove Hotel is also notable for being the first hotel in the world with 100% "regency class" suites and having the largest man made salt water swimming pool in the world at the time of construction.
Layout and Features
The Parkwest towers are brimming with a full array of high end luxury features. Security for residents begins with personally encoded entry fobs, 24 hour video surveillance of building entrances and double gated, remote entry access to a secured underground parkade with individual private garages for all residences.
Entry Foyers have Arrigado textured art glass panels, custom mill-work closet doors and hardwood flooring. In addition to hardwood flooring in some rooms, wool blend carpeting adorns the bedrooms. Interiors are finished with flush mounted baseboards, cove ceilings with recessed pot lighting, floor to ceiling windows, and roller shade window coverings. Fireplace mantels are limestone and apartments sport over height wood doors.
Technological and entertainment features include built in fibre optic technology, central air conditioning and television and telephone jacks in every room.
Gourmet kitchens are modeled on an open plan concept with lacquer and walnut cabinetry. There are pull out full height pantries, an over size, double stainless sink with limestone or granite counter tops and back splashes.
Master bathrooms are finished with limestone walls and floors with a polished glass counter top and under-mount porcelain sink with polished chrome plumbing. Hi-tech fully automatic TOTO toilet systems, a large soaker tub for two, glass shower with steam and cozy in floor heating round out the features.
Second Bathrooms feature a stone vanity with an under-mount sink along with stone flooring. They also offer glass showers and an over sized soaker tub.
The two Parkwest towers feature several different floor plans with one bedroom and den apartments, two bedroom units and apartments with two bedrooms and den. There are also several penthouse suites.
The Parkwest Towers sport an array of amenities and facilities. The buildings have lobby lounges, billiards lounges, media rooms, and 24 hour concierge. Each is served by a different fitness club, Club Viva for Parkwest I and the Superclub for Parkwest II. The clubs offer a number of appealing amenities such as steam rooms, fitness centres, outdoor terraces, guest suites, and indoor swimming pools.
Additionally, the clubs provide massage rooms and spa facilities, saunas and squash courts.
- Parkwest I and II are run under separate strata associations numbers but share similar rules
- Pets are welcome, with certain restrictions
- Residents of all ages are allowed
- The rental of units is also allowed
The Parkwest buildings were not built as a green or environmental development. Sustainable living is a lifestyle choice that tries to reduce an individual's or society's use of natural and personal resources. Proponents of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their personal carbon footprint by altering their use of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.
Lester R. Brown, a prominent environmentalist and founder of the Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute, describes sustainable living in the twenty-first century as "shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system.
Thus residents may choose to research options to make their own sustainable or "green" choices in their own lifestyles.
- Nearby BC Place Stadium is the home of the BC Lions Canadian Football League team and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, which became the second Major League Soccer team in Canada in 2011. The building also hosts numerous conventions, trade shows and concerts. The original roof, which had the distinction of being the largest air supported dome in the world, has been replaced by a cable-supported retractable roof (also claimed to be the largest of its type in the world).
- The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is also found at BC Place Stadium. It includes permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen as well as displays of BC sports history from the early 1800s to present.
- Science World at Telus World of Science is found nearby at the east end of False Creek. The building was designed and built for Expo ’86 and served as the Expo Centre. The original architect was Bruno Freschi and the architect for the additions made to transform the Expo Centre into Science World was Boak Alexander. The Science World ‘golf ball’ is a geodesic dome, the design of which was created by American inventor R. Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983). Fuller was the inventor on 28 patents in his lifetime, with the best known being the geodesic dome which was patented on June 29, 1954. One of the most famous geodesic domes in the world was the American pavilion at Expo ’67 in Montreal. 
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- The Hulbert Group
- Vancouver Condos
- American Scientist
- Telus World of Science
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