Merchants’ Bank of Canada: Millenium Group – 1 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.
This historic building was constructed in the aftermath of the great fire in 1886.
We were retained to put together an affordable programme for upgrading the building. Previous attempts to do this in the 1990s had failed due to excessive costs of seismic and other work.
The agreement with the City of Vancouver permits the original banking hall to be restored and an infill mezzanine provided- forming a new second floor. The attic is also being raised increasing the building height to 5 storeys.
Although the building height is technically increased from three to five storeys, a moderate level of upgrading to 70% of current code requirements was negotiated in conjunction with sprinkler and other improvements.