Boffo Developments' The Smithe has topped out 27 storeys above Vancouver's Smithe and Cambie Streets intersection. The GBL Architects-designed mixed-use tower is now approaching its final form two and a half years since work began on the 15,000-square-foot site footprint, starting with the summer 2017 demolition of a two-storey warehouse building. Piling, excavation, and construction of underground levels followed this demolition, paving the way for the rapid ascent of the tower, which is now at its full height.
When we last checked in on the project back in November, 2019, the tower's vertical climb had crossed the halfway point, reaching a height of 19 storeys. In the months since, crews have formed the remaining residential and mechanical floors to bring the tower to its full height of 88 metres, or 287 feet. In the past couple of weeks, the removal of forms has gradually revealed the tower's peak
Our previous update also highlighted the start of installation for the building's window wall cladding system, a task which has progressed significantly in the months since. A mix of reflective charcoal-coloured glazing, spandrel panels, and integrated louvre vents now encloses a large section of the tower, reaching as high as the 18th floor in the most recent photo, below. Additional finishes including glazing for balconies will add to this look in the coming months.
The Smithe will bring 94 residential units to the neighbourhood in a mix of two- and three-bedroom layouts, starting in size from 1,000 square feet. Residents will enjoy amenities that include a fitness centre, media room, barbecue area, children's play space, and raised planters for amateur horticulturists. These residential units will be anchored to the intersection via a podium containing 30,000 square feet of office and retail space.
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