The Province

Metro­town's Me­trop­o­lis gets `health­ier, safer' makeover

- DENISE RYAN Urbanism

Liv­ing and work­ing may never be the same af­ter COVID-19, and Con­cord Pa­cific wants to make sure its liv­ing spa­ces are health­ier, safer and more sus­tain­able mov­ing for­ward.

The de­vel­oper put a halt to the first phase of its Me­trop­o­lis re­de­vel­op­ment in June to cre­ate a re­design with health­ier liv­ing in mind: Think air flow, in­door/out­door flex spa­ces, wider hall­ways, fresh air and sun­light.

“The chal­lenges we've had glob­ally in this last year has caused Con­cord to re­think how we put build­ings together and how we make them safe,” said Peter Webb, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of de­vel­op­ment for Con­cord Pa­cific.

“We ac­tu­ally took the Metro­town pro­ject out of sched­ule to re­design it in or­der to meet the new cri­te­ria of our Biospace Ini­tia­tive.”

The ini­tia­tive is a de­sign­driven ap­proach to ad­dress some of the con­cerns of high-den­sity liv­ing that have come to light since the pan­demic.

The three-tower Metro­town pro­ject is the re­design of 190-hectare Me­trop­o­lis at Metro­town site, pro­vid­ing 1.2 mil­lion feet of res­i­den­tial den­sity in three tow­ers rang­ing from 35 to 65 stories.

The re­design in­cludes tech­nol­ogy to re­duce touch­points.

Ev­ery suite will be ac­ces­si­ble with touch­less ac­cess from the parkade or side­walk, lob­bies, com­mon ar­eas and el­e­va­tors will have Hepa-fil­tered ven­ti­la­tion, more shoul­der room and amenity spa­ces that will be im­proved.

Bal­conies have been adapted to in­clude slid­ing glass pan­els that will con­vert into four-sea­son semi-en­closed spa­ces, and the tow­ers were re­designed to be el­e­vated on col­umns to cre­ate out­door amenity space. The 66,000-square-foot rooftop park will in­clude a ser­pen­tine jog­ging track, an out­door pool, play­grounds, study­work pods and a dog park.

In ad­di­tion, ev­ery suite will have a steam closet to san­i­tize cloth­ing.

It's not just a mar­ket­ing spin, said Webb. “This is a cur­rent, for­ward-think­ing pro­ject. This might be an im­me­di­ate con­cern re­lated to the pan­demic, but we know that post-pan­demic these are health-stan­dard im­ple­men­ta­tions that the gen­eral pub­lic will en­joy.”

 ?? MIKE BELL ?? Peter Webb of Con­cord Pa­cific says the Me­trop­o­lis pro­ject is being re­designed.
MIKE BELL Peter Webb of Con­cord Pa­cific says the Me­trop­o­lis pro­ject is being re­designed.

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