Amazon has announced plans to expand its Vancouver Tech Hub at The Post, an office and retail redevelopment that preserves the Canada Post building, one of the most important examples of Vancouver’s mid-century architecture. The Amazon expansion will create an additional 3,000 jobs in fields including e-commerce technology, cloud computing, and machine learning.
Amazon’s Development Centre will occupy 416,000 square feet of The Post’s 1.13 million square feet redevelopment project, slated to open in 2022. With state-of-the-art amenities and an easily accessible location for its employees, the new Development Centre will sit above a city landmark. This is in addition to Amazon’s current Vancouver offices – including its 156,000 square foot location in TELUS Garden which opened to Amazon employees in 2015.
Amazon also confirmed last November its plans to expand into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020. The company expects to grow to 5,000 corporate employees in Vancouver in the coming years across all of its locations in the city.
“Amazon’s significant presence at The Post marks a defining moment for Vancouver’s growing knowledge sector and an important catalyst for B.C.’s economy,” said Dennis Lopez, QuadReal’s chief executive officer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was present at the announcement to mark the company’s latest investment in Canada, “Our vibrant cities, which are home to some of the best talent in the world, are poised to attract premier investment that creates the jobs of tomorrow. Canadians share your passion for invention and your commitment to excellence – and that’s why we are excited to see Amazon grow here in Vancouver.”
Designed by MCM Partnership Architects, the office buildings will be designed to LEED Gold Certification, and many energy-saving measures will be employed during operation, including waste heat recovery, passive solar shading, light shelves and a building envelope that conserves energy. The Post project will save approximately 25,000 tonnes of carbon by retaining the existing structure of the building. General contractor is PCL Constructors Westcoast.
“The Post marks one of the most ambitious heritage redevelopments in Canada’s history, and perfectly reflects QuadReal’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. Environmental strategies will be employed at all stages of construction and operation, making the Post a benchmark for responsible and financially prudent development,” said Remco Daal, president, Canadian Real Estate, QuadReal.