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Old Posted Oct 16, 2008, 7:43 AM
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You’re absolutely right, they were developed for "bush" work. But now they may be forced to conform to City Noise Bylaws and other environmental laws
You say it like there's some imaginary planes that wouldn't cost hundreds millions of dollars to develop, manufacture and put into general service. The fact is that even though you can gentrify a neighbourhood you can't gentrify every peice of technology or equipment that goes into it.

Float planes bush planes are basically one and the same. The destinations for the planes HA aren't really all that different from where you'd land a plane in the bush. So unless you want to axe the destinations that HA flies to or develop some magic jet powered by fairly dust there really isn't anything you can do to those planes to make them conform to your idea as to what a plane in the city should be.
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2008, 3:00 PM
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^ever see some of the larger parks around the world...they have massive green areas that have a little fence around them and generally everyone obeys the rule to stay off.
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2008, 3:38 PM
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I don't know: This setting makes people look like penguins playing on frozen antarctic ice cliffs.
i quite like the glacial feeling. it's a fitting and not overly literal reference to the nordic setting.
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Not sure if somebody has already posted this before, but I snapped this pic with my phone while walking by Canada Place today. This rendering is on the hoarding around where the fountain used to be:

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Old Posted Oct 18, 2008, 8:09 PM
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Meh. That's not really any better than the fountain. I was hoping for something more striking.
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Old Posted Oct 18, 2008, 8:29 PM
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Yeah, that's not very impressive. Hopefully it will look better once completed?
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Some pics from Friday:



Railing installed along the connecting platform










Railing installed by the staircase leading down to Harbour Green Park
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2008, 10:11 AM
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These aren't the best quality but I'll post them anyway.







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CONVENTION CENTRE REACHES CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE

VANCOUVER – A rooftop planting marked a construction milestone today at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Premier Gordon Campbell planted some of the final vegetation on the expansion project’s living ‘green’ roof – the largest of its kind in Canada.

“The expanded Vancouver Convention Centre will be a Vancouver and British Columbia landmark and will help to inject billions into our provincial tourism industry, creating jobs and driving new opportunities,” said Premier Campbell. “This project will also be one of the greenest convention facilities on the continent, incorporating a high level of environmental and sustainability standards.”

The living roof measures 2.5 hectares – the size of 15 hockey rinks, with more than 400,000 indigenous plants and grasses, from 19 Northwest species. The expanded facility also features a restored marine habitat underneath the building, built into the foundation. The project won the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC Award for Innovative Marine Habitat Design in 2006.

“The Vancouver Convention Centre is our gateway to attract international visitors,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. “We’re looking at turning those delegate days into even more tourist days by showcasing all of British Columbia’s regions in this facility.”

The new facility, to open in spring 2009, will be almost triple the size of the existing one. The expanded centre has already booked 159 events, 54 of which would not have been booked in the previous space. These events, attended by delegates from outside British Columbia, are expected to generate over $2 billion in economic activity for the province.

“We are setting the bar for high standards of service that convention visitors encounter when they meet in Vancouver,” said Convention Centre chair David Podmore. “Unique features like a marine habitat and living roof serve to keep Vancouver top-of-mind among meeting planners looking to bring business to our city.”

“One of our distinct selling features as a destination is around green practices and stewardship of the environment,” said Tourism Vancouver chair Geoffrey Howes. “Vancouver is renowned for its approach to sustainability and the convention centre is a leading example of these practices. It’s a message we proudly take to the international marketplace, and one that is embraced by our meeting planner customers.”

Other features include: an extensive environmental program including recycling and food and beverage management; energy conservation; seawater heating and cooling; and on-site water treatment.

In 2008, the Vancouver Convention Centre was awarded the Environmentally Responsible Tourism Award from the Council of BC Tourism Associations and Tourism BC, as well as being the Silver recipient of the global meetings industry IMEX and Green Meeting Industry Council’s Green Supplier Awards.

The Vancouver Convention Centre is the only convention centre to be a repeat winner of the prestigious International Association of Congress Centres’ award for “Best Convention Centre,” most recently this year.
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Premier Campbell shows off new Vancouver Convention Centre's unique rooftop garden Thursday: $883M centre originally budgetted at $495M

Wendy McLellan, The Province
Published: Thursday, November 06, 2008

If it hadn't been pelting rain Thursday, Premier Gordon Campbell would have had a backdrop of the North Shore mountains as he planted a seedling on the Vancouver Convention Centre's living roof.

Instead, with a wall of clouds descending to the water of Burrard Inlet, Campbell knelt in the mud, rain dripping from his hard hat, and tucked in his seedling among about 400,000 other plants and grasses.

It was a milestone for the convention centre project, due to be completed by March 15.

Inside, the building is still raw concrete floors and temporary lighting.

With its soaring windows and stunning wood walls, Campbell said "it will be an icon of Vancouver that will live for decades to come."

"It will be one of the great welcoming places in the world."

The convention centre, now expected to cost about $883.2 million - the initial budget was $495 million - is scheduled to host its first meeting next April.

Next fall, it will be turned over to the Olympic organizers for use as a media centre during the 2010 Winter Games.

Already, 159 groups have booked meetings in the new convention centre, and 54 of them would not have come because the city's existing facilities are too small, said Tourism Minister Bill Bennett.

These events alone, which include bookings into 2016, are expected to generate more than $2 billion in economic activity, he said.

The federal Liberal Party convention has booked for next May, but now that the meeting will include a leadership vote, the party has asked for bids and Vancouver is competing with other cities for the event.

A decision should be made this weekend. The waterfront convention centre was also built with the environment and sustainability in mind - and that will be a key selling point for it.

The 2.5-hectare roof is the largest non-industrial green roof in the country and will be irrigated with reclaimed water from an on-site treatment plant that will also be used to flush toilets.

Under the building, a restored marine habitat has been built into the foundation, and the facility is heated and cooled with a sea water system.
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as a random thought, i'd just like to say that it's utterly shocking to me that they've been building this sucker for four (4) years, and after several hundred million in cost overruns, we're still looking at anywhere from several more months before it's open. i mean seriously, it's a big project, but still. there are people who've started their degrees at ubc when this thing was breaking ground who'll be off and done before it's finished! yeesh.

let's hope there's some kind of lesson here for the vag project when it comes up.
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That's probably because of the foreshore and all of the pilings - that was a year alone, wasn't it? It would have gone up much faster if it were an inland site.
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Green roof growing atop convention centre

In a year’s time the big green “living” roof of the new Vancouver Convention Centre is going to be a Vancouver icon as well-known as B.C. Place’s air-supported roof or Science World’s geodesic dome, Premier Gordon Campbell said yesterday.

“The living roof … is going to be something that is recognized around the world,” said Campbell, taking part in a ceremonial planting to mark the completion of the 2.5-hectare plant-covered roof, the largest in North America.

More than 350,000 indigenous plants and grasses have been planted in a 15-cm deep substrate of sand, organic mulch and lava rock and will be watered by 43 km of irrigation piping.

“There are more living plants on the roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre than flowers in all of Vancouver’s 200 parks.”

The facility, to be completed in March, is built to a Gold LEEDS environmental standard and uses an in-house treatment system to reclaim water from the roof.

Campbell said the building will use 70 per cent less water than a comparable building. As well, the green roof will act as an insulator, reducing heat gains by 95 per cent in summer and heat losses by 26 per cent in winter.

When the convention centre opens its doors — to the 1,000-strong American Bar Association convention in April — the final budget will be $883.2 million. In 2003, its cost was estimated at $495 million.

The centre has already booked 159 events.

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Dignitaries gather for some urban planting

Premier Gordon Campbell practised his green thumb Thursday on the "living" rooftop of the new Vancouver Convention Centre.

He was surrounded by green -- a rooftop ecosystem measuring nearly 2.5 hectares -- on a soggy morning as he promoted the eco-friendly features of the Coal Harbour building, scheduled to open in March 2009.

There are 400,000 indigenous plants on the rooftop, more than there are flowers in all of Vancouver's 200 parks, all serviced by 43 kilometres of irrigation pipes, "enough to stretch from Vancouver to Port Moody and back," Campbell told reporters following him on the rooftop garden tour.

Inside the building, 100,000 square feet of walls and ceilings are being finished with wood cladding from wood harvested on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.


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B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell (yellow hardhat) joins tourism Minister Bill Bennett (to Campbell's left), planter supervisor Reece Rehm (right) and Bruce Hemstock of PWL Partnership Landscape architects on the roof of the new convention centre for a ceremonial planting.
Photograph by : Ian Lindsay, Vancouver Sun
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That's probably because of the foreshore and all of the pilings - that was a year alone, wasn't it? It would have gone up much faster if it were an inland site.
^^ even canada place had a head start with construction as they built on the old supports of the old pier BC.
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Thanks.
Now why did I think that was a reflection in the curtain wall in that last pic - instead of the construction fence that it is??
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cool, looks like a ship sailing through the fog...
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cool, looks like a ship sailing through the fog...
a pirate ship... arrrrr.
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Sunday's episode of Entourage had a quick scene in Vancouver, you could see the Shaw tower, the float planes, and the corner of the convention centre expansion. I thought that was kind of cool.
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