West One

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1408 Strathmore Mews, Vancouver, BC

West One
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West One towering over all other residential towers in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Concord Pacific
Architect Hancock Bruckner Eng + Wright
Management Company Rancho Property Management Services
Number of Units 247
Number of Floors 47
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
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1408 Strathmore Mews, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

BCTV Pavillion

West One is the tallest exclusively residential building in Vancouver standing 117 meters tall. It is also sometimes referred to as Beach Crescent.[1]

Concord Pacific has been working on buildings for more than 20 years. All of the effort put into each successful building is generated by the land selection, the planning, the construction and customer service. [2]

The architect firm of Hancock Bruckner Eng and Wright, are based in Vancouver. They are also credited for the design of the Hampton Inn and Suites, the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel, and Pacific Place Landmark I. Their designs frequently use a combination of glazing and concrete and West One is no exception. [3]

The site that West one was built on was previously an empty lot prior to housing Expo 86 BCTV Pavilion. Expo 86 was the transportation and communication themed world's fair hosted by Vancouver in 1986. Inside this pavilion there was a news room, studio and control room. The public was invited in to watch the process involved in televising and also there were invited to anchor the news. [4]

After Expo 86 was over, Concord Pacific purchased the western third of the property used by the event. The primary shareholder for this land it Li Ka-Shing, a Hong Kong Billionaire. West One was built on this historically rich land that is gradually being populated with condominiums, shops and parks. [5]


Location

Crescent Beach Area

West One is located between the Yaletown and Downtown Vancouver areas. The neighborhood is composed of other high-rise residential buildings, landscaped sidewalks, and views of False Creek, English Bay, the city skyline and the mountains.

Due to the location of the building and the amenities around it, daily errands do not require the use of a car. Within walking distance is Kaide Sushi Bar, Trees Organic Coffee, GB Market groceries, Pacific Boulevard and 4cats Art Studio.

For those needing to travel outside of the walking distance radius, the Vancouver transit system is an excellent way to get around and can sometimes be faster than driving depending on the traffic. The area is also abundant in bike lanes on a mostly flat terrain. [6]

Construction

West One was completed in 2003 after three years of construction. It is a 47 story building with three levels of underground parking.

The structure is made of up reinforced concrete supported by a concrete perimeter foundation. Using concrete in British Columbia is popular because it is a zone that is susceptible to many earthquakes and the combination of steel and concrete makes the building strong in both tension and compression.

The exterior is finished in concrete and glass and there is a full rain screen. Having a rain screen in Vancouver is important due to the region's high annual rainfall and sometimes humid conditions.

The profile of the building is linear with the exception of one curving wall. The floor plate repeats itself for the majority of the building. At the top, the repeating pattern is broken and portions are set back to allow for terrace space and double height ceilings.

The base of the building has a concrete and brick finish also adding some interest to the otherwise repetitive shape. The double height entrance is composed of large columns with infill window walls and thick bold mullions.

Layout and Features

The suites contains a choice of color schemes, floor to ceiling windows, upgraded hardwood flooring in 2010, a porcelain entrance foyer with granite accents, luxury carpeting, decorative blinds, a balcony, and security system.

The kitchen features European style cabinets, granite counter tops, a porcelain back splash, under cabinet counter lighting, a double stainless steel sink with a garburator and a washer and dryer.

The main bathrooms have granite counter tops, porcelain flooring, designer wall tiles, and a soaker tub shower combination. The master en-suite also has granite counter tops, porcelain flooring, porcelain wall tiles with granite accents, designer faucets, recessed pot lighting, and soaker tub with shower combination.[7]

Maintenance fees cover care taking, garbage pickup, gardening, gas, hot water, managment, and recreation facilities.

Floor Plans

Amenities

Squash courts
Swimming Pool

Amenities at West One include:

  • Bike Room
  • Exercise Centre
  • Guest Suite
  • 80 foot Pool
  • Recreation Center including two squash courts, circuit training, free weights training area
  • Swirlpool and Hot Tub [8]
  • Spa services
  • Movie Room
  • Billiards Lounge
  • Sports Loungs
  • Outdoor Terrace [9]

Bylaws

West One Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes



  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals are allowed

Sustainability

The is no record of West One incorporating sustainable practices into the building.

Concord Pacific does make an effort to making the world a greener and healthier place. There is a branching company called Concord Green Energy that works towards developing green power projects.

The first project, in Saskatchewan is a win Farm called Red Lilly. It generates enough electricity to power 21,000 homes. [10] To show the significance, Concord Pacific's Developments in Vancouver and Toronto combine to total up to 20,000 homes. So the company is giving back more power than their completed projects have consumed.

Trivia

  • This was the first Vancouver building that Concord Pacific awarded to a general contractor. [11]
  • Almost all the neighboring buildings were Developed by Concord Pacific.
  • Concord Pacific's first project was a large condo on the Expo 86 land constructed during the 1980s. The community plan for that site is to eventually have a total of 15,000 homes. [12]


References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Concord Pacific
  3. PNW Architecture
  4. Bobbea
  5. Wikipedia
  6. Walk Score
  7. Concord Pacific
  8. Condo in Vancouver
  9. Jenifer Chu Realty
  10. Concord Pacific
  11. Emporis
  12. Wikipedia


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