Verona of Portico

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1450 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Verona of Portico
Verona-exterior2.jpg

Rendering of Verona of Portico
Building Information
Developer Bosa Development Corp.
Architect Perkins & Company Architecture & Urban Design Inc.
Management Company Crosby
Number of Units 179
Number of Floors 19
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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1450 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning C-3A
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Rendering of the entire Verona development
Portico

Verona of Portico is a very Italian name and it is not what you would expect to be the title of a building in Vancouver. Verona is a norther Italian City. It is also a name meaning Victory Bringer.


This title is appropriate because Verona was the last of four sistering Portico buildings all completed by the same developer. The first three buildings, Modena, Carrara, and Siena, were all sold out by the time Verona was under construction.


Portico is an Italian term which describes a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns that are spaced at regular intervals, so basically a porch that is attached to a building and leads to the entrance. It could also be considered to be a canopy over the entrance. The building has a generous amount of balconies for residents to enjoy.


Despite the name, there really isn't anything about the building that makes it look Italian. Its concrete and glass construction has it fitting in among all the other Vancouver high rises.


Bosa Development takes the time to investigate and calculate each project in order to make the smartest decisions. They have designed buildings all over the world including Electra in San Diego, City Gate in Vancouver, and Cameron Island on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo. [1]



Location

Fairview

Verona of Portico is located in the Fairview neighborhood of Vancouver.

Central Broadway runs through the area and it is primarily composed of health facilities including the Vancouver General Hospital, and BC Cancer Agency, BC Cancer Research Center, BC Healthy Living Alliance and the BC Center for Disease Control.

Schools in the area include Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Kitsilano Secondary School, False Creeks Elementary school and many specialty schools including L'École Bilingue.

Daily errands don't require a car due to the convenient amenities withing walking distance including Paul's Omelettery restaurant, Starbucks coffee, Lusso Verde groceries, and Granville Loop Park. [2]

Construction

Verona of Portico was built in 2005 using concrete. The exterior finish features glass and exposed concrete. The building also incorporates a full rain screen, important . [3]

Concrete is the most popular building material for high rise buildings in British Columbia. Vancouver is located in a seismic zone and experiences hundreds of minor earthquakes every day, most of which go unnoticed. Modern construction techniques and code practices require buildings to be keep people safe if "the big one" comes.

Concrete, when reinforced with steel, is very strong in both tension and compression which is important during an earthquake. Concrete itself is very brittle. If concrete cracked, the steel rebar should hold the structure in place.

The building has a number of curved exterior walls that are appealing from the outside and create interesting units on the inside. The building is mostly composed of window wall glazing with exposed concrete floor plates.

The street facing side has a protrusion for the front entry door that is replicated on all the floors above. It creates another dimension to the building and the outlining concrete edges draw the eye up the height of the building.

Layout and Features

The suites feature hardwood flooring at the entrance, loop carpet throughout the bedrooms, wood baseboards, solid core flat panel doors, mirrored closet doors in bedrooms, french doors, a gas fireplace, large windows, and tiled balconies.

The kitchens feature hardwood flooring, granite counter tops, a tile back splash, recessed ceiling lights and under cabinet lighting, a full sized stacked washer and dryer, auto defrost refrigerators, a gas range, garburator, and dishwasher.

Bathrooms contain radiant heat under tile flooring, granite counter tops, ceramic tile and tub surround, soaker tubs, and separate shower stalls. [4]

Maintenance fees include care taking, garbage pickup, gardening, gas, hot water, management, and the recreation facilities.

Floor Plans

Amenities

Some of the amenities at Verona of Portico include:

  • Bike Room
  • Exercise Center
  • Garden
  • Recreation Center
  • Sauna and Steam Room
  • Swirlpool and Hot Tub[5]
  • Amenity Kitchen
  • Workshop

Bylaws

Verona of Portico Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes



  • Rentals are permitted
  • Pets are permitted

Sustainability

Bosa Developments considers the importance of community and sustainability when it comes to the success of a project. There is no report of Verona of Portico being constructed with sustainability practices, but based on Bosa's principals and commitment to the environment it is safe to assume that there were green considerations throughout the project.

Trivia

At a show by Paul Dorell
Stanley, 1956
  • The retail units in Verona of Portico all face Gallery Row along Granville Street.
    • Gallery Row is composed or 16 art galleries and antique dealers.
    • The name originated in the 1960s.
    • There is a vast variety of work from European, First Nations, and Asian cultures. [6]
  • Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, opened in 1930, is located in south Granville.
    • Originally, the building first opened as a movie theatre and showed movies for 60 years.
    • In 1991 the theatre was closed and was at risk of demolition until it was renovated in 1997 and was awarded heritage building status.
    • Shows that have been performed in the theatre include:
      • Hairspray
      • Dreamgirls
      • Les Miserables
      • Dinsey's Beauty and the Beast
      • The Diary of Anne Frank
      • Singin' in the Rain
      • To Kill a Mockingbird
      • West Side Story
      • My Fair Lady
      • Hamlet[7]

References

  1. Bosa Dev
  2. Walk Score
  3. BC Condos
  4. Bosa Dev
  5. BC Condos
  6. South Granville
  7. Wikipedia


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