411 Dunsmuir has just received a major makeover – it’s over 100 years old, and it’s been restored as an office and retail building by new owners. It started life as the Labour Temple in 1911 (designed by Thomas Hooper), and most recently was the 411 Seniors Centre.
Here’s the 11,000 square foot addition designed by Omicron added on the vacant 25 foot wide lot to the north. The building renovations included a complex cross bracing system for seismic stability (even though the original construction was concrete) and as the picture shows the added space also contributes to the structural upgrade.
In addition the building acquired a completely new HVAC system and had the asbestos in the original structure removed. Originally Omicron, the architects, engineers and co-owners of the building were going to occupy some of the space themselves, but while the renovations were underway, Morneau Shepell, a pension and benefits consultant expressed interest in occupying the entire building.