Vancouver’s former Olympic Village shoots for Gold
The first tenants of the Millennium Water development in Vancouver, B.C., were Olympic athletes competing in the 2010 Winter Games. Now the former Olympic Village, located on a 17-acre brownfield site, is being transformed into a residential neighborhood targeting LEED ND Gold. The mixed-use waterfront community features 1,100 residential units of both market-rate and affordable housing and a community center—itself targeting LEED Platinum. Firms on the project include Walter Francl Architecture, Merrick Architecture, gBL Architects, and engineering firm Morrison Hershfield.
A mix of low- and mid-rise buildings maximizes water and mountain views within the eight-block community. Narrow roadways and proximity to mass transit, shopping, and schools encourage pedestrian and bike traffic. The buildings are expected to consume 30-70% less energy than comparable structures; the senior residence will be a net-zero facility. The community as a whole is powered by a district heating system that meets approximately 70% of its energy needs through recycled waste heat from sewage.