Rogers Arena towers proposal: Green Roofs, A Hockey Rink and Less Viaduct

From Openfile
by Michael Aynsley

Plan for Aquilini Rental and Condo towers around BC Place

Plan for Aquilini Rental and Condo towers around BC Place

According to News 1130, there wasn’t much opposition to the Rogers Arena towers development when the City of Vancouver hosted the first open house on the comprehensive proposal Monday night.

The developer behind the proposed project is the Aquilini group. If approved, the buildings would surround Rogers Arena. The idea is to have two of the towers be for a mixed-use of office and residential space, while the third would be comprised entirely of residential units. The towers would be anywhere between 26 and 32 storeys. Here’s the density proposal for each tower:

Of course, the most interesting part of the proposal is that it hinges on at least one of the viaducts being removed.¬†You’ll noticed that the whited-out “future development” tower is on top of what currently is the Dunsmuir Viaduct.

We speculated yesterday that perhaps the city has already made significant decisions regarding the viaducts. Is this proposal and the city-sponsored open house further evidence that there is there is already a plan in the works to remove the structures?

Green roofs surrounding BC Place

Green roofs surrounding BC Place

Other interesting points of the Rogers Arena towers proposal is the inclusion of green roofs on top of the buildings, which would include community garden plots for residents. The proposal says those green spaces, in addition to green walls, will be used to harvest rainwater for toilet flushing. It’s with these sorts of initatives that Aquilini Development hopes to achieve LEED Gold status with each building.

Another note worth mentioning is what will become of available space at nearby Plaza of Nations. From News 1130:

“We would build and operate a community centre that includes an ice rink where the Canucks would practice, and it would include a 69 (child) day care. That’s part of the discussion that we’re having with the city in terms of our community amenities,” adds Barry Savage of Aquilini Development.

The ice rink proposal is one the Aquilini group has been pushing for quite some time. You might remember that the plan for the ice rink was to build it for the Vancouver Canucks’ morning skates and then have it open to the public at other times.

As for the architecture, you’ll notice the building proposals are nothing too flamboyent. They certainly wouldn’t stand out like the condo tower that’s being pitched for the north end of the Granville Bridge.

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