Trump International Hotel and Tower (Vancouver)

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Trump International Hotel and Tower, Vancouver
Trump Tower Vancouver, August 2016.jpg
Under construction in August 2016
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential/Hotel
Location 1139 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Construction started 2012
Completed 2016
Opened 28 February 2017
Cost $360 million US
Height
Architectural 187.8 metres (616 ft)
Roof 178 metres (584 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 63
Lifts/elevators 12
Design and construction
Architect Arthur Erickson,
Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership,
DYS Architecture
Developer The Trump Organization,
Holborn Group
Main contractor Urban One Builders
Other information
Number of units 217 apartments and 147 hotel rooms
Parking 346 spaces
Website
www.trumphotels.com/vancouver
References
[1][2]

The Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver is a skyscraper in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 63-storey, 187.8-metre (616 ft), mixed-use tower is located at 1151 West Georgia Street, and was completed in 2016. The Trump Tower is the second tallest building in the city, after the Shangri-La tower located across West Georgia Street.

The tower, designed by architect Arthur Erickson, is triangular in shape, twisting gradually with height up to 45 degrees from bottom to top. The building is described as having a 'hyperbolic paraboloid' form; the design is similar to the Absolute Tower in Mississauga, Ontario and Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden. The developer, Holborn Group, is aiming for LEED Silver certification for the building. The nine-level derelict building formerly occupying the site was demolished.

History

The initial project was cancelled on February 25, 2009. Buyers who purchased luxury condos in the tower received letters informing them of the project's cancellation. On June 1, 2009, Holborn Group president Joo Kim Tiah said his company still wanted to see the plan completed on the prime downtown site — if the City of Vancouver wanted to work with him.[3]

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 would resume as soon as early 2010, after the Winter Olympics (construction work was not 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.[4] Developers announced August 27, 2009, that the project will proceed. They are re-proposing the project, requesting a height increase from 182.9 metres (600 ft) to 187.8 metres (616 ft). The proposal called for a higher number of smaller housing units with a more efficient use of floor space while keeping the exterior of the tower aesthetically unchanged (outside of the height increase).[5] The new proposal went through a series of public hearings before Vancouver city council was scheduled to vote on it in November 2009.

The project was finally revitalized in mid-2011 without Ritz-Carlton as the hotelier. The tower was redesigned from 58 to 67 storeys and an additional 2 floors of underground parking. In mid-2012, the new hotel tenant was announced to be Marriott. Excavation recommenced in the spring of 2012, with actual construction work beginning in August. By November 2012, the foundation had been completed and substantial construction had commenced, with half of the first floor of parking being completed.

In 2013 at a local press conference, Holborn Group president Joo Kim Tiah, developer of the site, along with the Trump Organization president Donald Trump, accompanied by his three children Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, unveiled the $360 million Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver.

The 63-storey condo and hotel complex opened on February 28, 2017, with Donald Jr. and Eric Trump joined by developer Joo Kim Tiah. The opening was met with public protests and a boycott of the ceremony by Mayor Robertson and other local politicians.[6] The building consists of the Trump Hotel on the first 15 floors, topped by 217 condos on the remaining floors.[7]

Hotel

The 147-room Trump Hotel, located on the first 15 floors of the building, will also include a champagne lounge, signature restaurant, 560-square-metre (6,000 sq ft) Trump Spa, and 1,400-square-metre (15,000 sq ft) of meeting and event space. The hotel will also feature Vancouver's first pool bar nightclub.[8]

Reception

On December 15, 2015, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson wrote a letter to the developers of the Trump Tower Vancouver to remove Donald Trump's name from the building. Robertson stated that "Trump’s name and brand have no more place on Vancouver’s skyline than his ignorant ideas have in the modern world." A petition to remove the name was also mentioned in the letter, with more than 50,000 residents voicing their concerns. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark agreed with the movement, stating that "Donald Trump doesn’t represent our city." Similar movements occurred in Toronto, which lead to the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Toronto being purchased for renovation and renaming in 2017.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  2. ^ Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver at Emporis
  3. ^ "Developer trying to save building", Metro Vancouver, June 1, 2009.
  4. ^ "Developers simplify design", Daily Commercial News, August 21, 2009.
  5. ^ "Policy Report Development and Building : P1" (PDF). Vancouver.ca. November 3, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Valdes, Manuel; Gillies, Rob (February 28, 2017). "Trump sons open newest hotel in Vancouver". Associated Press. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ Brent Jang. "Trump brand arrives in B.C. with Vancouver tower plan". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Luxury Downtown Vancouver Hotels | Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver | Vancouver Spas". Trumphotelcollection.com. September 20, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://business.financialpost.com/real-estate/property-post/the-trump-sign-comes-off-toronto-tower-on-august-1/wcm/3e2d915e-2988-4fa3-9c42-47e7fa46c42c

External links

  • Trump Vancouver Presale Condo Information
  • City of Vancouver building proposal (PDF, includes pictures; accessed on January 28, 2006)
  • Emporis Listing
  • Vancouver Sun Article - Project Dead
  • and Mail Article - Trump Brand Arrives in Vancouver |Globe and Mail Article - Trump Brand Arrives in Vancouver

Coordinates: 49°17′11″N 123°07′24″W / 49.2863°N 123.1233°W / 49.2863; -123.1233

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