Vancouver’s astonishing new Convention Center Expansion is set to open to the public this spring. It sits on the best of sites on the downtown Vancouver waterfront. To the north are breathtaking views of Coal Harbor, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. Across the street to the south is the city center. Directly to the west is the landmark Stanley Park. A 90 metre connector provides a covered walkway between the existing convention centre and the new facilities to form a new integrated convention and exhibition centre. The new plaza and walkways provide a smooth transition from new Canada Place Way elevated extension to Harbour Green Park. The Convention Centre will triple Vancouver’s capacity for hosting conventions and allow Vancouver to compete as one of a limited number of centres worldwide capable of hosting major conventions.
This is your opportunity to participate in a walking tour before the building opens to the public. The guided tour will include a view of the plaza built on the 4.5 hectare site immediately west of Canada Place and the existing Vancouver Trade & Exhibition Centre, a visit to the 2.4 hectare ‘living roof’ featuring a range of native west coast plants and a walk through of the future 2010 Winter Olympics international broadcast and media centre. Learn about the many sustainability features of the Convention Centre, including the Centre’s on-site blackwater treatment, the unique habitat skirt surrounding the Centre now successfully operating as a bio-engineered environment, the amazing showcasing of BC wood and much more.
Our guide is Dave Walker, project manager.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009