The Vancouver Convention Center
•The green roof is designed to act as an insulator, projected to reduce summer heat gains by up to 95 percent and winter heat losses by up to 26 percent.
•Canadian Premier Gordon Campbell took part in the final planting, saying “The living roof … is going to be something that is recognized around the world.”
With the expansion complete, the new size covers 1.1 million square feet (or four city blocks) for a combined total of 471,000 square feet of pre-function, meeting, exhibition, and ballroom space. The Vancouver Convention Centre now offers the ability to hold multiple simultaneous events, each with their own separate access and function spaces.
Built over land and water, with floor-to-ceiling glass throughout that treats guests to phenomenal harbour and mountain views, the new West Building is a masterpiece of design, inspiration and sustainability. Their commitment to green technology can be found in every corner: the “living roof,” seawater heating and cooling, on-site water treatment and even fish habitat built into the foundation.
Breathtaking Mountain Views
It's easy to think green at the Vancouver Convention Centre. With more than 350 events per year, they maintain an extensive environmental program and work closely with clients to ensure sustainability in all events.
"The Vancouver Convention Centre played a vital role by providing an environmentally-responsible venue for the World Urban Forum 3, which earned Four Star MeetGreen Certification for excellence in green meeting practices."
- Meeting Strategies Worldwide
Recycling: They recycle an average of 180,000 kilograms of materials annually – nearly half of the total volume of waste generated.
Food & Beverage: Their 'scratch' kitchen uses fresh local ingredients without additives, avoids disposable utensils and dishes, and donates leftover food to local charities.
MI4 filming at the Convention Centre
Convention Centre communications manager Jinny Wu said they don't keep a cumulative total of revenues from film, but it costs a minimum of $10,000 per day for productions to use the centre's space, plus fees based on the amount of space they're using and how long they're staying.
"Every production has been very different," Wu said in an interview.
Convention Centre as Bangalore for MI4
Besides the Bangalore street scene, the centre has stood in as a German train station and a bank for the A-Team movie shoot, Tokyo's Narita airport, New York's John F. Kennedy airport, something called the Seattle Municipal Tower and a Manhattan boardroom. The centre reports an average of two visits a week by location scouts.
"It's a new thing for us, but it's very exciting," Wu said.
Certainly worth the trip downtown - this work of modern architecture and eco-consciousness is a real feather in Vancouver's already natty hat.
Formal Event at Convention Centre
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