BC Building Code – British Columbia has adopted the 2018 edition of the British Columbia Building Code, which will come into effect December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permits applied on or after that date. Some of the key changes adopted in the 2018 edition cover the topics of: energy efficiency standards, exit signs, factory-constructed buildings, fenestration, heritage buildings, radon protection and stair accessibility. The online version will be made available for purchase in the coming weeks at www.bccodes.ca

UNIQLO – This well-known Japanese fashion retailer is almost doubling its Canadian store count over the next two months with the opening of one new store in Greater Vancouver and three in the Greater Toronto area. The new BC store will officially open on September 14 – a 15,970 SF store in the Coquitlam Centre, taking over the retail space that was previously occupied by Old Navy. These new stores will open to much anticipated fanfare as one HEATTECH item will be given away to the first 500 customers who make a purchase on the day of each new store and discount giveaways will take place throughout the first day. UNIQLO is also expected to further their Canadian expansion into Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa in the near future.

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UNIQLO flagship store in Tokyo (Source: Retail Design Blog)

Oakridge Centre – The design of the redevelopment of Oakridge Centre has just been made public and features a highly modernistic architectural flair. This multinational endeavour is set to resemble a hilltop town with a skyline of its own, replete with a small growth forest area, retail gallerias, public parks and plazas, and office and residential towers. Dubbing itself a ‘new organic micro-city’, the Oakridge Centre will feature 1.4 million SF of retail space, 290,000 SF of office space, thousands of social, market and rental housing units as well as rooftop public park and community centre. The architectural design team have designed a ‘skin-and-bones’ concept – a ‘curtain wall veil’ wrapping the building with a transparent edge to reveal the inside.

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Oakridge Centre (Source: Daily Hive)

Vancouver Centre II – Late last year, GWL Realty officially broke ground on a 33-storey, 403-ft-tall AAA office tower at 753 Seymour Street. Vancouver Centre II is the first major office tower in the next wave of Downtown Vancouver commercial development. The latest unconfirmed news is that GWL Realty has landed an initial tenant – a U.S. technology firm – for approximately 105,000 SF of space (nearly 30% of the entire tower). We will be sure to update you once we find out more!

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Vancouver Centre II (Source: Daily Hive)

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