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.