Shaw Tower

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1077 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC

Shaw Tower
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The Shaw Tower located on Burrard Inlet
Building Information
Developer Westbank Projects Corp
Architect James Cheng
Management Company AWM Alliance
Number of Units 130
Number of Floors 42
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1077 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit One block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

An artist's rendition of the initially proposed Shaw Tower Development

Built in 2005, the Shaw Tower is the third tallest building in Vancouver. It is also one of the most recognized due to its waterfront location on West Cordova Street with its blue and green LED lights that can be seen all way to the North Shore. The Shaw Tower is a mixed use tower featuring office space and a television studio for Shaw Communications.

Fortunately the top 26 floors are reserved for residential use, offering residents one of the most coveted addresses in Vancouver and sweeping views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and the North Shore Mountains.


Location

To say that the location of the Shaw Tower is its strong suit would be a great understatement.

The Shaw Tower occupies waterfront property in the upscale neighbourhood of Coal Harbour. This location allows residents to take advantage of the many fine culinary experiences that Vancouver has to offer.

Its location on the Seawall and in close proximity to Stanley Park also allows residents to spend their free time outdoors.

However the views that are offered to the residents of Shaw Tower may make it difficult for them to leave their homes.[1]


Construction

Shaw Tower under construction

Shaw Tower's appearance is quite striking, especially when it is lit up at night by its array of LED lights. It doing so it has become the de facto beacon for Coal Harbour, if not the entire city of Vancouver.

Designed by renowned architect James Cheng, the structure features a light, silvery palette of curtain wall and metal panel with trellised canopies capping the tower’s form. In other words, like most other modern towers in Vancouver, it uses a lot of glass.

It's hard to justify not using glass in the case of Shaw Tower since its location offers some of the most dramatic views on the west coast.

The building offers the standard size condominiums available in 1-3 bedrooms however those looking for a little extra may want consider the penthouse. Just released, this four bedroom is one of the tallest units in the entire city and can be yours for one easy payment of $19.8 million.[2]


Layout and Features

Condominiums at Shaw Tower range in size from one bedroom, one bathroom units all the way to the deluxe four bedroom unit designated as the penthouse.

Since all the condominiums start on the 19th floor, residents are guaranteed magnificent views. Shaw Tower is an ultra-exclusive luxury tower and all of the units are designed to reflect this.


Floor Plans

Two floor plans are available online for Shaw Tower

Amenities

Amenities at Shaw Tower include a 24 hour concierge, a screening room, bike storage, and a 3900 square foot fitness centre. Another amenity not found in any other building in Vancouver is that since the building is also Shaw's Cable Company's head office, residents don't even have to leave the building to pay their cable bill.

Bylaws

Shaw Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are permitted within the Shaw Tower
  • Rentals are permitted at Shaw Tower
  • There are no age restrictions placed on ownership
  • Barbecues are permitted at Shaw Tower

Sustainability

Shaw Tower has a number of sustainable features incorporated into its design. These include using facets and toilets from the company Sustainable Solutions International, SSi. This company is known to be on the leading edge in the design of low flow facets and toilets.[3]

This is also the first building to earn a level four certification from the Building Owners and Managers Association, BOMA.

According to their website Shaw Tower was recognized for demonstrating high performance with low energy consumption and diligent tracking. The building performs well in the areas of energy and water resource management, waste and emission reduction, and indoor environment and management systems.

For example, last year alone, the building's recycling program and use of recycled products diverted nearly 100 metric tonnes of electronics, paper, plastic, and glass from landfills.[4]

Trivia

Deadmans Island in the foreground, Shaw Tower in the background

Now that's a spicy meatball! The cost for the 1.3 acres of waterfront property on which Shaw Tower is located, cost developers $25.2 million. In comparison, the 6,037 square foot penthouse of the building is listed for $19.8 million.

In Vancouver, when it rains, it pours. This holds true during the Shaw Tower's construction since the 3,000 cubic metres of concrete used for the raft slab foundation, set the record for the largest continuous pour in Vancouver history. [5]

Deadmans Island, in plain sight of the Shaw Tower and the only part of Stanley Park you can't visit has had a macabre past. It was the site of a fierce battle between two native tribes and was used as a quarantine and cemetery for those suffering from smallpox. It is now a Canadian Naval Base and is strictly off limits to the public.[6]

References

  1. Harbour Living
  2. Sherlock & Associates
  3. Sustainable Solutions International
  4. Construction Canada
  5. Emporis
  6. Wikipedia


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