It’s official – we’re on the 6th floor. Preparation work is well underway on level 6 as you can see from the attached photo. Construction crews are hoping to pour concrete for the 6th floor or 5th floor ceiling on July 15.
Walking around on the 6th floor surrounded by endless views you really begin to appreciate how tall our facility will be in the neighbourhood. With the elevator shaft and mechanical room yet to be finished, this will add an additional story -totally 7 stories.
Have I mentioned the views lately – even with the recent smoke in the air as a result of nearby forest fires, you have unobstructed views of downtown Vancouver, Northshore Mountains and facing east a perfect view of Metrotown over in Burnaby.
While construction of the sixth floor is underway, there is also much activity happening on other floors as well. The installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing is nearing completion on level 1. Steel stub framing on level 2 is scheduled to be finished in a few days. Piles of gyproc litter the 1st and 2nd floor waiting to be used to close the walls.
The construction site trailer will be hauled away next week and the construction site office will be relocated inside the building in the receiving area. This will make way for the completion of the parkade entrance ramp.
Stay tuned for more….
About the Author: Chris Friesen has been the ISSofBC Director of Settlement Services for over twenty years. He is currently leading the multi-year initiative to design and build a Metro Vancouver Regional Service Centre for Refugees. In spring 2016, this 58,000sf facility will become the first of its kind in the world, bringing together a variety of community and government services and organizations to meet the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants settling in BC. Learn more about the new Welcome House.