Here’s one of the recent new major office proposals in the Downtown core. It was rezoned early in 2015, and has now been submitted for a Development Permit.
It has grown in scale in the interim: it’s now 32 floors with over 560,000 sq ft of offices (with a floor of retail – originally two were envisaged). It’s located on the corner of West Pender and Thurlow Street, on the block that already has the first four Bentall towers. Designed by Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership for Bentall Kennedy it will replace a small existing office building and a parkade. The design and scale is very similar to the Bentall 5 tower by the same architects nearby – perhaps this will be Bentall 5.2.
Here’s the model that the Urban Design Panel supported in 2014. The building, like MCM’s recent design for Bentall on Thurlow Street, will have slightly larger floors on the upper part of the building. The revised version is reasonably similar, but has some changes to improve its energy performance. All the building’s glazing is now triple glazing with specific low e coatings on appropriate surfaces, dependent upon orientation and heat load. In addition, the angle of tilt of the south facing surface has been revised to optimize its contribution to the efficiency of the low e / triple glazed curtainwall. After thermal modeling of the floorplate, it was discovered that the southwest corner required more solar control and vertical glass fins have been added to compensate for this exposure.