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Old August 17th, 2008, 01:55 AM   #101
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Old August 17th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #102
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Old August 17th, 2008, 02:00 AM   #103
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Old August 20th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #104
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Fantastic, Keep us posted on this amazing tower!!! Please!!
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Old August 30th, 2009, 03:04 AM   #105
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Will the project just be Ritz-Carlton residences, or will it include a hotel as well?
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Old August 30th, 2009, 08:49 PM   #106
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How come we didn't see any construction pictures on this tower for over a year?
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Old August 30th, 2009, 11:49 PM   #107
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Old August 31st, 2009, 12:48 AM   #108
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It's going to be one sweet looking building once it's complete!
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Old August 31st, 2009, 04:11 AM   #109
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How come we didn't see any construction pictures on this tower for over a year?
Because the tower was canned and only recently revived.


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The project was cancelled on February 25th, 2009. Buyers who purchased luxury condos in the tower received letters informing them of the project's cancellation. On June 1st, 2009, Holborn Group president Joo Kim Tiah said his company still wants to see the plan completed on the prime downtown site — if the City of Vancouver wants to work with him.[1]

On August 21, 2009, it was announced that the project would definitely resume, possibly as an even taller building (pending approval from the city) while keeping the same design by Arthur Erickson. Work on the project could resume as soon as early 2010, after the Winter Olympics (construction work will not be permitted during the Olympics). However, it was not certain as of August 21, 2009, if the Ritz-Carlton "brand" would still remain associated with the project. [2]
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Old August 31st, 2009, 04:13 AM   #110
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How come we didn't see any construction pictures on this tower for over a year?

Why?


Because a little global event called "the recession" took place and saw the demise of this tower, forcing the developer to terminate the project.


Now for the good news...


Work set to resume on Vancouver highrise
RICHARD GILBERT

http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id35035


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Construction of an Arthur Erickson designed luxury hotel and condo project is set to resume after the developer rejigged the plans.

It was originally developed as the Ritz-Carlton Vancouver, but excavation work on the $500 million twisting tower was halted in October 2008.

The worldwide recession and the softening of the local housing market forced developer, Holborn Group to develop a new building strategy.

“After we looked at all the options, we realized the process would have been much longer if we had designed a new building,” said Joo Kim Tiah, president of Holborn Group.

“The fastest way to have everything move was to keep the structure and make the building more efficient. It hit us that this project was very important to Vancouver, Canada and the architectural society of the world.”

The World-renowned Canadian architect died in May of this year.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Erickson’s vision built landmark structures such as Robson Square, Simon Fraser University and the Canadian Embassy in Washington.

“It would have been a shame if the tower did not go ahead,” said Tiah. “It is exciting to do something like this. We aspire to be a company that can build an iconic landmark in Vancouver.”

The original 58-storey project included 123 luxury condos on the top 38 floors and 127 hotel rooms on the first 20 floors.

The condos were priced from $1.4 million to $13 million.

“We were stuck in a situation in which we had a site with a hole that was not doing anyone any good,” said Tiah.

“It took a lot to maintain the site and we had interest payments as well. We had to find the quickest way to get the building going again.”

Holborn’s new strategy is to design the building to appeal to a lower segment of the housing market.

“Before we had 30 to 40 different floor plans and the plumbing wasn’t stacked,” Tiah explained.

“Now we are going with smaller floor plans and a better price point. We are getting rid of columns in the rooms to provide more space and using a shear wall system.”

Tiah said another way to lower the cost of the building is to replace ten inch slabs with eight inch slabs, which is the industry standard.

“It will still be an Arthur Erickson design and will still be a twisting tower,” he said.

"We will not be doing any changes to the exterior of the building. Most of the changes will be to the interior. We are asking for more height and this would allow more residential density. We will also change the interior layout and the specs of the finishes.” The commercial density of the project will remain the same.

According to Tiah, Holborn has finished its revised plans for the highrise.

They will apply for rezoning at the end of the month.

“We have already talked to the City of Vancouver planning department and they are supportive of the changes,” he said

However, it still must be approved by council.

“There will be a public hearing in November and, if it all goes well, we could have approval for the changes by the end of the year,” he said.

Holborn is working on both the approval for the project and the permits at the same time.

Therefore, the company hopes to get the permits for the project in November as well.

Negotiations are currently taking place to reach an agreement with Ritz-Carlton hotels for the commercial aspect of the project.

Tiah said he hopes construction will restart early next year, but this may not be possible because the city doesn’t want construction work taking place during the Olympics.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 04:48 AM   #111
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If the hotel portion of the tower is to be replaced by more residential, perhaps they should rename the tower in honour of Arthur Erickson.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 04:51 AM   #112
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If the hotel portion of the tower is to be replaced by more residential, perhaps they should rename the tower in honour of Arthur Erickson.
We already have a an Erickson named The Erickson on False Creek.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 07:20 AM   #113
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I didn't know it was on hold. No one here mentioned it before. Thanks anyway. I am glad it is still going to get built. I really like this tower a lot.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 06:15 AM   #114
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I'm glad that work has recommenced.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:49 PM   #115
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Latest update on this project:

Height has been increased to 188m (616ft) from 183m (600ft) - approved by City council Dec 15th. The floor
count has jumped to 67 floors thanks to the increased height as well as decreasing the overall floor-to-floor height.

Action on site should recommence after the Olympics, so likely March/April. However conditional to the approved height increase, they must now excavate a bit deeper to add more parking.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 11:00 PM   #116
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I swear I thought the Ritz Vancouver was cancelled?
Great news that not only is work resuming but the height was increased (albeit very little)!
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Old January 7th, 2010, 07:12 AM   #117
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 05:18 AM   #118
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i made this with my free time last weekend:

its part of my Build Your Own Pacific Northwest project (BYOPN). tell me what you guys think just print it, cut it out, fold it, glue it, and youve got a mini Ritz Carlton
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 04:16 PM   #119
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That's neat!
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 04:57 PM   #120
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