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What’s in a Name? L Residential | AMACON A CONDO TOWER BUILT BY AMACON IN VANCOUVER PAYS TRIBUTE TO A CITY PLANNER. BY RUSS GAGER arry Beasley, a former co-director of planning for Vancouver, British Columbia, promoted restoration of existing structures and development of the city’s downtown for mixed uses of a sufficient density to reduce reliance on automobiles. In the way he helped to plan the city, he worked to encourage green building designs and methods and ethnic diversity. It was with those principles in mind that Amacon, a developer/builder in Vancouver, developed a new $150-million, 33-story building and named it The Beasley as a tribute. “It used to be a mainly industrial area with a lot of loft buildings,” says Don Vito De Cotiis, Amacon’s vice president of construction, about the Yaletown neighborhood of Vancouver where The Beasley is located. “Now it’s a trendy area. There’s not many towers going up in Vancouver right now. This is one of the first ones that we started digging after the big world economic fall.” The restoration portion of the project is the Homer, a 1913 three-story building with apartments and a café on the site, which will be rehabbed and modernized. “It’s going to be a small rental building with 15 affordable units and retail — a mixed-use,” De Cotiis reports. Among the project’s green amenities will be a green roof put on an 11-story, 1970s-era office building that also is on the site. Towering Above The 33-story tower at Smithe and Homer streets will be residential condominiums except the third and fourth floors, which will be office rentals, and the first two floors, which will be 7,000 square feet of retail space. “The second floor is part of the first floor – the double-height ceiling goes from the first floor to the third floor,” De Cotiis explains. The Beasley is in a prime downtown location only blocks from BC Place, home of the 2010 Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies. Its 211 condos range in size from 575 square feet to 690 square feet. The tower includes four levels of penthouses of up to 1,300 square feet, each with three homes on each floor. Additionally, a 2,000-square-foot outdoor garden terrace on the eighth floor doubles as a 60-foot “wooftop” dog run. It also has a dog wash. Construction on the tower began last July and is scheduled for completion by September 2011. “Right now, the crane is going to be going up within two weeks and start pouring concrete,” De Cotiis said at press time. “There are seven levels of underground parking.” www.amacon.com The tower is reinforced concrete with brick glazing at the building’s base. “Mainly it’s glaz• Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia ing and concrete in a pretty modern color,” De Cotiis relates. “The concrete is a light beige, and • Employees: 90 the rest is glazing with some brown brick around • Services: Multi-unit residential the bottom. “The subcontractors on The Beasley right now are the main two – excavating, and the –Don Vito De forming guy is going to start,” De Cotiis notes. Cotiis, vice president of construction “And then the rest will be starting – electrical, Amacon “We do the construction inhouse – you’re the customer you have to satisfy.” 108 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2010
Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010