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Burrard Place

Downtown Vancouver, BC

In Vancouver, British Columbia, a new residential building will rise to cover a full city block. Vancouver is known as a bustling west coast seaport and, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. It‘s surrounded by mountains, and also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes. One Burrard Place will be the center piece of the city.

Doka was brought into the project because of previous work with concrete contractor, The Quorum Group, on the Telus Sky project in Calgary. The Quorum Group was also familiar with Doka’s Xclimb system, as they had been using a crane lifted windscreen. Additionally, they had an SCP onsite at Telus and were familiar with Doka’s hydraulic systems. For this project, The Quorum Group wanted to combine those systems to create an automated solution for the complex set of forming issues for the Burrard Place façade.

IBI/HB Architects designed One Burrard Place with a waffle pattern slab edge and column façade. The tapering faces fade into each other. The architect never repeats columns in the same position as the structure builds upward. To maintain safety, The Quorum Group knew they needed an exceptional solution. It was also necessary to be able to reposition on every floor.

Doka worked with The Quorum Group by providing the hydraulic Xclimb 60 platforms to carry the custom column and slab edge formwork. By using Xclimb 60, it allowed The Quorum Group to build the columns that never repeat positions. The formwork is attached to rolling tracks on the MF240 rollback brackets in order to re-position the columns horizontally for each pour. In this unique solution, the column faces are on rollers that re-position underneath a fixed slab edge at the top of the formwork. Construction has been proceeding on One Burrard Place. When complete, the structure will be the third tallest residential tower standing in Vancouver, at 54 storeys. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020.

The Challenges

  • The building has a waffle pattern slab edge and column façade with tapering faces that die into each other. The columns never repeat in the same position as it builds up.
  • The client needed a solution that kept everything on plane safely, easily and reliably, but also could be easily repositioned on each floor.

The Solution

  • Doka provided hydraulic Xclimb 60 platforms to carry custom column and slab edge formwork.
  • The columns never repeat positions, so the formwork was attached to rolling tracks on the MF240 rollback brackets, in order to reposition the columns horizontally for each pour. The column faces are on rollers
  • that reposition underneath a fixed slab edge at the top of the formwork.
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Project data

Project Name
Burrard Place
Location
Downtown Vancouver, BC
Construction work performed by
General Contractor: ITC
Concrete Contractor: The Quorum Group
Architect
IBI/HB Architects
Developer
Reliance Properties and
The Jim Pattison Group

Building data

Type of structure
Residential Highrise
Height
551 ft.
Storeys
54
Cycle time
5 days

Systems used

Xclimb 60