$3.2-Million Facelift Set for Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

Image sourced from City of Vancouver

Image sourced from City of Vancouver

The plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery may soon be getting a new look.

Several redesigns are being considered for the prime spot in the heart of the city, site of concerts, protests and public gatherings throughout the year. Options range from “urban living rooms” to minimalist, space-age public spaces.

One common denominator: All of the proposals involve removing the badly weathered, occasionally functioning fountain in the middle of the plaza.  They also suggest doing away with the tons of unsightly bark mulch spread over the site. Continue reading:
$3.2-Million Facelift Set for Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

A Peek Inside the New BC Place: By the numbers

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On Friday, Sept. 30, BC Place reopens after an 18-month, $563-million renovation.  When the Lions take the field against the Eskimos in CFL action, fans will be treated to a new video screen, new seats and, of course, the state-of-the-art retractable roof.

Here’s a quick look inside the new BC Place, by the numbers (figures were obtained from this great Vancouver Sun article):

20 minutes: The time it takes for the new retractable roof to open or close.  The retractable portion is roughly 100 meters long and 85 meters wide.   The entire roof structure is supported by 36 steel masts approximately 50-meters tall.

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A Peek Inside the New BC Place: By the numbers

Vancouver Aquarium’s $25 Million Facelift

Photo: Remy Scalza

Celebrating its 56th birthday this year, the venerable Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park has decided it’s time for a facelift.  A recent article in the Vancouver Sun explains that the aquarium has just been awarded $25 million in federal and provincial funding to jumpstart its revitalization.  Work is scheduled to begin in September and continue all the way into 2013 – But don’t worry, doors will remain open to guests throughout the reno.

So what should visitors expect to see in the months and years ahead?  The most visible changes will be to the big outdoor pools that are currently home to the aquarium’s beloved beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins.  A new pool will be added between the two existing ones, and the entire area will be leveled out to form a giant watery playground for the aquarium’s marine life.  The other big change will be a new entrance to the aquarium – something a little grander and more enticing than the current low-key awning.

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Vancouver Aquarium’s $25 Million Facelift