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Hines office tower design responds to COVID

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Hines is partnering with Reliance Properties to build the first new Vancouver office tower designed in response to COVID-19.

“We chose Vancouver for our latest Canadian project because we believe in its world-class economy and future, and this partnership was a natural fit because of Reliance Properties’ commendable track record in the city and our shared values,” said Syl Apps, senior managing director for Hines.

Located on the current site of the Canada Revenue Agency tower at 1166 West Pender, the project is the first for Hines in Vancouver with the company saying the partnership is the most significant activity in the Vancouver office market since the start of the global pandemic.

The office tower’s design will incorporate new health, safety, and wellness initiatives into the building architecture. Hines describes the 32-story AAA building as a globally relevant, next-generation office tower.

“Reliance and Hines initiated and completed the partnership during the global pandemic, and our joint project will be the first post-COVID-19 office tower delivered in Vancouver, prioritizing health, safety and wellness into the design in a way not yet seen,” said Jon Stovell, president and CEO of Reliance Properties.

The tower will target LEED, WELL and WiredScore certifications, and will prioritize improving tenant health and experience through sustainable design and operational strategies.

“The design of 1166 West Pender puts the health, safety and wellness of each of the building’s occupants at the forefront. We know how important that will be to employees as they return to the office post-COVID-19 – and our objective was to design a building in partnership with Reliance that best helps our tenants attract and retain the highest-quality employees and talent in the Vancouver market,” added Apps.

The distinctive architecture of the building allows for the top nine levels to feature private outdoor terraces with breathtaking views, further increasing new health, safety and wellness protocols.

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