Vancouver Waterfront Gateway: Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver Waterfront Gateway is a mixed used development in the city of Vancouver, Washington. The project includes an 8-story mass-timber office, 6-story mixed use market rate apartment building, 6-story affordable apartment building, 7-level free standing parking garage, and extensive open space development between the buildings.
The Missing Link Between Downtown Vancouver and Its Waterfront
Vancouver City Hall and Esther Short Park are immediately to the north and the Burlington Northern rail line borders the south side of the site. On the block west of Esther Street, the development includes an 8-story mass-timber office, 6-story mixed use market rate apartment building, 6-story affordable apartment building, 7-level free standing parking garage, and extensive open space development between the buildings. Development on the block east of Esther Street includes a 6-story mixed use, market rate apartment building. That building features 2-level parking with a retail podium, as well as a large public plaza to the north and ‘makers alley’ along the east side. The total project building area is roughly 570,000 square-feet enclosed building area plus 210,000 square-feet of structured parking area, including approximately 375 residential units, 140,000 square-feet of office space and 40,000 square-feet in retail space.
In what's a first for the city of Vancouver, an 8-story office building is constructed as a mass timber structure. As a sustainable resource for building materials, the combination of mass timber and mass ply flooring make this a green construction system that's emblematic of growing sustainable building practices.
At the center of a growing downtown environment and position next to City Hall, Vancouver Waterfront Gateway involved significant public engagement. Community outreach including various communications as well as an open house event featuring models that showcase the design. Community concerns around parking, green space, sustainability and accessibility were incorporated into the design process, resulting in a more flexible space suitable for various events and festivals.
The size (4.91 acres) and position within the Vancouver City Center Vision area make this site an invaluable connection to downtown Vancouver and the community at large. The infill riverfront development adds affordable housing units, 2.5 acres of pedestrian-friendly open space, and preserves the historic riverfront.
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