VANCOUVER — The Canada Post building, located at 349 West Georgia St. in downtown Vancouver, is going from a heritage landmark to an expansive office hub with a sizeable retail presence.
QuadReal Property Group is revamping the building into The Post, which will feature 1.3 million square feet of office space along with 185,000 square feet of retail space.
Loblaws and Amazon will occupy approximately 35 per cent of the total office space and the building will hold more workers in a Vancouver office building than any other in history, a QuadReal release stated. A Loblaws CityMarket store will be the featured retail tenant.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome an exceptional grocery and retail leader to The Post. With world-class tenants such as Loblaws CityMarket and Amazon, The Post is set to become the most sought-after location in downtown Vancouver for experience-oriented retail and the city’s vibrant business community,” said QuadReal executive vice-president of retail Andy Clydesdale in a statement.
The building will also feature car share areas and preferred parking for electric cars, end of trip facilities for cyclists, including showers and lockers, sports courts and dog-walking areas on the roof decks of the building.
QuadReal has partnered with the City of Vancouver, MCM Partnership Architects, PCL Construction and Bentall Kennedy, which will act as development manager for the project.
The project is designed to LEED Gold certification standards and, according to QuadReal, approximately 25,000 tonnes of carbon will be saved by retaining the existing structure.
Waste heat recovery, passive solar shading and light shelves to reflect daylight into the building’s interior, along with an energy-efficient building envelope, will be included.
Construction is underway and QuadReal plans for phased completion between fall 2022 and fall 2023.