Manulife Real Estate today announced the grand opening of 980 Howe Street. Construction on the 16-storey, 250,000 square foot, AAA office building in downtown Vancouver began in June 2013.
Located on the corner of Howe and Nelson Streets, 980 Howe is within walking distance of Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery and provincial law courts. 980 Howe is designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification. The building features rain water harvesting, triple-paned windows for energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging stations.
Amenities at 980 Howe Street include a rooftop terrace and boardroom, fitness centre with end-of-trip facilities, conference facility, 200 underground parking spaces and 55 secured bicycle parking. 980 Howe features a unique public art installation by local artist Bill Pechet. This installation of back-lit dichroic glass on the exterior is the first of its kind in downtown Vancouver and allows art to be accessible not only by those who work and visit 980 Howe, but also those within sightlines to the building.
“Developing and acquiring high quality assets such as 980 Howe Street, in the cities in which we do business, is part of Manulife Real Estate’s growth strategy,” said Kevin Adolphe, President & Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Real Estate and President & Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. “We currently own more than 3.5 million square feet in the city of Vancouver and 60 million square feet globally. We are pleased to increase our presence here and look forward to continued growth in Vancouver and Western Canada.”
Manulife Real Estate partnered with CEI Architecture (Architect of Record), Endall Eillot (Design Architect), Ellis Don (Construction) and Pivotal (Project Manager) in the development and construction of 980 Howe.
Key office tenants of the building include BGC Engineering, ACL services and Jarvis McGee Rice Trial Lawyers and retail tenants Railtown Café and Freshii.