The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the second largest public library system in Canada, with more than 2.8 million items in its collections, 22 branches, approximately 375,000 cardholders, and nearly nine million item borrowings annually. The administration centre, and also the largest branch, known as the Central Branch, is located at Library Square in downtown Vancouver . In 1990, when the city of Vancouver decided to build a new public library, they held a design contest to determine who would be responsible for creating the building. The winner by an overwhelming majority was architect Moshe Safdie, who also designed the Salt Lake City (Utah) Public Library in a very similar style. Officials were surprised that the public chose Safdie's somewhat radical design, considering that many of the buildings located near the library are quite traditional. In all, this stunning building covers 7,000 square-meters (398,000 square-feet) in area and houses 1.5 million books, periodicals, and other reference materials that are moved through the building by vertical and horizontal conveyors.
Aspac Developments is a Vancouver-based developer of world-class properties – best known for our role in transforming Coal Harbour from an industrial site into Vancouver’s most prestigious waterfront neighbourhood. Founded in British Columbia in 1993, our first project was a joint venture partnership with Marathon Realty, the real estate arm of Canadian Pacific Railways, to create a master-planned community on the site of the former railway yards in Coal Harbour. We envisioned an upscale new neighbourhood that would be a mix of residential, office, hotel, retail and service space centred on an active and vibrant waterfront. As our vision became reality and caught the attention of the world, Coal Harbour turned into the Lower Mainland’s best real estate investment and a destination location for locals and tourists alike. To date, as the redevelopment of Coal Harbour nears completion and the last of our waterfront towers, Three Harbour Green, finishes construction, Aspac is embarking on yet another new and exciting project – River Green in Richmond. River Green is our most ambitious project to date, the result of our purchase in 2007 of 27 acres of waterfront adjacent to the Richmond Olympic Oval. It will be the largest and most upscale master-planned community ever built in Richmond, with over 3 million square feet of residential and commercial property.
The Vancouver Convention Centre (formerly known as the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, or VCEC), is a convention centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; it is one of Canada's largest convention centres. With the opening of the new West Building in 2009, it now has 466,500 ft² (43,340 m²) of meeting space. It is owned by the British Columbia Pavilion Corporation, a crown corporation owned by the government of British Columbia. The East Building is located in Canada Place, which it shares with a cruise ship terminal, and the Pan Pacific hotel. It has 133,000 ft² (12,400 m²) of space, including a 91,205 ft² (8,500 m²) column-free, dividable exhibition hall, 20 meeting rooms, and a ballroom. The East building served as the Main Press Centre for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The West Building is directly adjacent to Canada Place and consists of 220,500 square feet (20,490 m2) of convention space, 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) of retail space along a public waterfront promenade, and 440 parking stalls. Surrounding the building are 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of walkways, bikeways, public open space and plazas, for a total project area of 14 acres (57,000 m2) of land and 8 acres (32,000 m2) over water. The project also supplies infrastructure for future water based developments including an expanded marina, a float plane terminal, and water-based retail opportunities. Originally budgeted at $495 million, the expansion project's final cost was $883 million. Opposition critic Adrian Dix called it the largest overrun of any public project in British Columbia history, while Premier Gordon Campbell blamed rising steel and construction costs for the overrun. A report by the provincial auditor said the project was over budget partly because of late design changes and accelerated construction to ensure the West Building was ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Milad Tower (also known as Borj-e Milad , Persian: برج میلاد ) is the tallest tower in Iran. Built in 2007 in between the Shahrak-e Gharb and Gisha districts of Tehran, it stands 435 m (1,427 ft) high from base to tip of the antenna. The head consists of a large pod with 12 floors, the roof of which is at 315 m (1,033 ft). Below this is a staircase and elevators to reach the area. Milad Tower is the sixth tallest tower in the world[dead link] after the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower in Guangzhou, CN Tower in Toronto, Ostankino Tower in Moscow, the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, and the Tokyo Skytree. It is also the current 15th tallest freestanding structure in the world. Milad Tower is a part of The Tehran International Trade and Convention Centre. The project includes the Milad telecommunication tower offering restaurants at the top with panoramic views of Tehran, a five-star hotel, a convention centre, a world trade centre, and an IT park. The complex seeks to respond to the needs of business in the globalised world of the 21st century by offering facilities combining trade, information, communication, convention and accommodation all in one place. Furthermore, the complex features a parking area of 27,000 square meters, a large computer and telecommunications unit, a cultural and scientific unit, a commercial transaction centre, a temporary showroom for exhibiting products, a specialised library, an exhibition hall, and an administrative unit. Milad Tower has an octagonal base, symbolising traditional Persian architecture.
Robson CentrePlace is a highly successful 56,000 square foot urban retail development. It takes full advantage of the busiest street corner in western Canada. Located on the southwest corner of Robson Street and Thurlow Street, the development commands among the highest commercial rents in the city of Vancouver. The concept of the near full block development was to provide the appearance of five small-scale individual buildings initially built at different times, but since refurbished at the same time by one overall developer.
The Sun Tower is a 17 storey 82 m (269 ft) Beaux-Arts building at 100 West Pender Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is known for its faux-patina steel dome painted to imitate copper cladding. Nine nude muses, the "nine maidens" supporting the cornice line can be seen. The terracotta for this building, including the ladies, was made in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England by Gibbs and Canning Limited. When it was completed, this 17-storey tower was the tallest building in all of the British Empire, and Sun Tower has stood as a proud icon of Vancouver's history for nearly 100 years.
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The site of The Mill Marine Bistro and the surrounding Harbour Green Park in Coal Harbour is steeped in history that goes back hundreds of years. This area has been an integral part of the development of Vancouver into the city we know today. Coal Harbour is the name for the section of Burrard Inlet lying between Vancouver's downtown peninsula (West of Burrard St.)and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. Originally, the site was inhabited by the Coast Salish and Squamish Indians (First Nations) who lived and prospered from the land. The discovery of coal in the harbour in 1862 inspired the name of the community, Coal Harbour.
The name Coal Harbour is also used to designate a relatively new official neighbourhood of the City of Vancouver. The neighbourhood is bounded to the southeast by Burrard Street, to the southwest by West Georgia and Pender Streets, and to the northwest by Stanley Park. The northwestern section features parkland, private marinas, several rowing and boating clubs and a community centre designed by architect Gregory Henriquez. Towards the Financial District in the southeast, and across Georgia Street, the neighbourhood is dominated by high-rise office and apartment buildings. Much of the area between Hastings Street and Georgia Street is part of the city's business district and in the days when it was an upper-class residential district West Pender Street was known as Blueblood Alley because of the many large mansions along it. The six floating homes in Coal Harbour, along with the twelve in False Creek are the only legal floating homes in the city of Vancouver.
Coal Harbour is part of downtown Vancouver that is home to Vancouver's newest waterfront community. Just 15 years ago it was an area of railway yards, marinas, float plane terminals and parking lots. Since then redevelopment has turned the area into one of Vancouver's most desirable urban communities. It is now mainly residential with just a few commercial enterprises that blend in well with the environment. At the present time at its eastern end construction has started on the new convention centre which is expected to be up and running for the upcoming 2010 Olympic Games to be held in Whistler and Vancouver.
After a terrible argument with his girlfriend,Ealhelm perched himself upon the side of a building corner to contemplate his next move.So engrossed in thought was he that he completely lost track of time and unfortunately the morning light turned him to stone. As time passed,the building was torn down and demolition chanced upon Ealhelm and was taken by his forlorn,lifelike expression.The mason saved the poor fellow from certain destruction and vowed never to let his new friend spend his days alone. Ealhelm is an old Anglo-Saxon name meaning "protector of temples"