WeWork snaps up 10 floors of under-construction Vancouver tower

Co-working corporation will move into super-green, 32-storey downtown office building upon completion in 2023

Co-working giant WeWork has snapped up 10 floors of BentallGreenOak’s under-construction, super-green office tower in downtown Vancouver, according to a July 12 report by BNN Bloomberg.

The 32-storey office tower at 1090 West Pender Street is the first Vancouver flagship building from the merger of developers Bentall Kennedy and New York investment firm GreenOak Real Estate. The tower is scheduled for completion by February 2023 and WeWork is the first company to announce it has signed up to lease space in the building, although owners BentallGreenOak will also take space in the new tower.

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WeWork already has a close relationship with Bentall Kennedy, as the co-working company currently leases six floors in the Bentall Two tower at 555 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver, just around the corner from BentallGreenOak's new office site.

The “B6” building is aiming for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard in construction, and will feature a green roof and the latest WELL v2 registration. WELL, from the International WELL Building Institute, is a global movement to transform buildings by combining occupant health and comfort with sustainable design.

The B6 tower dovetails with the City of Vancouver’sGreenest City Action Plan. A main goal of this policy is to move buildings toward low or near-zero carbon emissions by 2030, a key part of the city’s recently announced “six big moves to reduce carbon pollution” strategy.

“Designed for efficiency, B6 is wrapped with sustainable features like triple-glazed windows and efficient mechanical systems for a more healthy and energy-efficient experience for our tenants,” said Tony Astles, managing partner and head of Canadian real estate services for BentallGreenOak.

Read more on the B6 tower and other green Vancouver office buildings in our recent article here.

- With files from Frank O’Brien

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