River Green

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6111 River Road, Richmond, BC

River Green
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Building Information
Developer ASPAC Developments
Architect James Cheng
Number of Units 2600
Year Built 2013
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Torch-on
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6111 River Road, Richmond, BC
Distance to Public Transit less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Richmond
Zoning ZMU4
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

River Green is right in the heart of previous location of 400,000 excited Olympic fans emerging from Richmond's Olympic Oval official speed skating venue. More than 2.3 million watched the 5,000 athletes live, with 3 billion watching on television.

I
Speed Skating Event
n February 2001, the Olympic Torch was unveiled in Vancouver. The security cost for the Olympics was $900 million, five times higher than the original estimate, and the overall cost to host the event was $1.76 billion. To build just the three Olympic Venues, $580 million was spent. The number of volunteers resulted in 25,000 people willing to partake in the event.

Events that took place included alpine, cross country, ski jumping, Nordic combined freestyle and snowboarding sports on the mountain. There was also speed skating, shot ski skating, figure skating, bobsledding, lung events, biathlons, hockey, and curling.

Hosting the Olympic games benefited Richmond in many ways with long lasting results that make the city stronger than ever. The community now has the facilities to host large events, and there are enhanced sport opportunities and arts and cultural opportunities as well as increased tourism and overall, a stronger connected community.

Location

Britannia Heritage Shipyard

Richmond is known for its diverse culture and convenient location between the United States border and Vancouver.

There are many parks and trails for those who love the outdoors. The Britannia Heritage Shipyard park is a National historic site. There is a boardwalk that presents views of Shady Island, active ship-building facilities, and used boat buildings. Also, there is a heritage education program that points out historic buildings and artifacts.

The Nature Park is 200 acres of peat bog that once covered Lulu Island. The park is a very sensitive environment for many birds and flowers. Richmond provides community gardens for people to have a place to grow organic vegetables and socialize with other gardeners.

Transportation is easy in Richmond, the Canada line SkyTrain runs through the center of the city and connects to the YVR International airport. The SkyTrain runs until 1 A.M., and after that time night, buses are available. The city is also a short distance from the Tssawwassen Ferry terminal, providing access to Victoria, Nanaimo, and the Gulf Islands.

Popular tourist destinations include: the Steveston Historic Fishing Village, containing two historic sites and tons of shops; the Library Cultural Centre home to the art gallery, art center, and museum.[1]

Construction

The Dyke providing protection from the ocean and a beautiful walking trail
Construction of Phase One

When completed, the 27 acres will hold 25 buildings, containing a total of 2600 units. It is estimated that the entire complex will take about 10 years to complete. The first of six phases has already been completed as of 2013, It contains 458 units and two amenity buildings. The units were first brought to the market in 2010.[2]

It was a challenge building in Richmond due to the amount of peat moss and the site's proximity to the ocean. The major concern was the potential of flooding. In order to eliminate this potential, the dike holding back the Fraser River was raised, and the soft soil was reinforced. In addition, the architect designed the buildings much like a boat's hull to ensure that even if there is a flood, the buildings won't be damaged. This practice was taken from Amsterdam, the majority of their buildings are designed this way.[3]

The two-level parking structure is 16 feet below grade and well below the water table. In order to make this work, the contractor, Ledcor, designed a massive pump to remove over 7.6 million liters of water every day. They also had to install the largest waterproofing membrane in North America, and participated in the largest concrete pour in the company's history.

The townhouses are concrete framed houses. This makes them more durable with regards to earthquake and water concerns. Wood rots when exposed to water, so this way, the structure of the building is not at risk if there is any water ingress. Also, this provides additional soundproofing, so the planes heading to the YVR airport are not a distraction.[4]

L'O Di Giotto and Hansgrohe designed interiors. Both these designers focus on beauty, functionality, and environmental impacts. The interiors are both luxurious and are a healthy environment for not only the occupants, but also to the health and wellness of the surrounding community.

Layout and Features

Features to the exterior environment of River Green are unlike any other. Outside the building, dividing it from the crashing ocean is a natural waterside trail that presents beautiful ocean sunsets to all. Above parts of the trail, is an impressive overhead net sculpture.

Tiered ponds make every residence an oceanfront property. Terraces and bridges lead from the terrace landings, some leading residents to their own private oasis island.

Indoors, the kitchens are designed from the Snaidero Orange Line, which is exclusive to River Green. The designers believe it is fundamental to have pantry storage and properly locate the sink. Also, heavy duty drawers help to store a lot of weight and not lose things. [5]

The suites also contain Snaidero of Italy cabinetry, Miele appliances, Caesarstone counter tops, marble or travertine heated floors, and a washer and dryer.[6]

In addition, there is air conditioning, glass elevators, floor to ceiling windows, nine foot ceilings, well designed lighting, and double height ceiling in the villas.[7]

Floor Plans

There is a variety of floor plans to choose from, meeting the needs of every family.

  • one bedroom at 700 square feet
  • one bedroom and den at 800 square feet
  • two bedroom and den at 1,280 square feet
  • three bedroom and den at 1,950 square feet
  • townhouses at 1,470 square feet
  • four bedroom and den villa at 3,640 square feet

Amenities

Olympic Oval
River Green Lobby
Views of Downtown Vancouver

Right in the centre of the development is the Olympic Oval. The arena contains:

  • two olympic sized ice rinks
  • 42,000 square feet of hardwood courts
  • 70,000 square feet of high performance synthetic sport flooring
  • 23,000 square foot fitness centre

The development itself provides:

  • River Green club
  • party room
  • fitness room
  • music room
  • study room
  • tree-lined drive
  • entrance lobby
  • children's play area
  • indoor pool
  • virtual golf
  • billiards lounge
  • sauna and steam room
  • 80 foot pool
  • theatre room
  • 24 hour concierge
  • private shuttle to Canada Line SkyTrain[8]
  • car wash
  • electric car chargers[9]
  • 2 oval memberships per home[10]

Bylaws

River Green Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No



  • Pets are not permitted
  • Rentals are allowed[11]

Sustainability

All buildings in River green are at least LEED Silver Certified.

In order to achieve this, all the original oak trees will be re-planted. The water features at the site purify water and efforts were made to revitalize the dyke. There is also a well planned system that helps reduce the water required for irrigation.

The design also focused on the solar positions. The buildings are angled to maximize the amount of daylight. Because of this, lights do not need to be turned on as frequently, especially in the evening. The angles of the sunlight are calculated to avoid excessive heat gain through the glazing.

As much as 1.5 million kilowatt hours a year will be saved. This is enough energy to power 150 British Columbia homes for a year.

Construction and material methods selected for the project include increased roof and wall insulation, high-performance glazing, interior and exterior lighting controls, low-flow water fixtures and a high-efficiency heat pump system. The glazing has a low emissivity, reducing sound and heat traveling into the spaces through the window. [12]

Also contributing to the overall sustainability level of the building are many green roofs, electric vehicle plug-ins, and a community shuttle to places such as the Canada Line transit station and local shopping.

Trivia

Historic image of Richmond
  • Biggest purchase was by a family who bought four suites valued at $5 million
  • The targeted buyers are VIPs from Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, and the North Shore
  • The Sales Centre itself cost $9 million
  • Within the Sales Centre are three show suites, all designed to demonstrate the features and luxuries that buyers are investing in.[13]
  • People working at Vancouver's International Airport (YVR), the London Drugs warehouse in Richmond, and even professors from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), have already purchased homes at the River Green
  • River Green has dedicated a floor to telling the story of Richmond and the history of its people[14]
  • The population of Richmond is about 190,500
  • The historical industries of Richmond include fishing, salmon canning, boat building, dairy, and berry production

References

  1. Richmond
  2. Aspac
  3. CBC
  4. Ledcor
  5. Snaidero
  6. [www.buzzbuzzhome.com/river-green‎ Buzz Buzz Home]
  7. BC Condos
  8. River Green
  9. Buzz Buzz Home
  10. BC Condos
  11. Place Bee
  12. BC Hydro
  13. Les and Sojna
  14. Aspac


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