The 7-story structure designated as 565 Great Northern Way at “South Flatz” is a 160,000 square foot commercial building that is designed to integrate with the adjacent Emily Carr University of Arts and Design. The building makes use of its long and narrow site by featuring a prominently curved curtain wall façade. The complex also includes an iconic stand-alone pavilion that is the centerpiece of the plaza.

Our Façade Structural team joined the project to assist the glazing contractor, Flynn Canada, during the design and construction phase. Our role on the project included design development and field review of the office building. We worked with Blackcomb Glass to provide design review on the complex pavilion structure.

While the large amount of curtain wall on the main building required attention during the design phase, the most significant challenge revolved around the design of the “flower” shaped pavilion. Our team worked closely with the project team to ensure that the petal design structure would translate to construction. We communicated regularly with the contractor to answer any questions about the drawings and design specifications of the pavilion.

As the project moved into the construction phase, we were on hand to support the integration of the red metal shingles and the glass windows that make up the façade. On the main building we were coordinated with Flynn to overcome any design challenges, meeting the developer’s expectations and timeline.

The project was completed in 2018 and was designated with LEED Gold certification. The building will house some of the province’s largest companies and highlights the demand for high-quality office space outside of Vancouver’s downtown core.


May 22, 2019


Flynn Canada Ltd., Blackcomb Glass


Perkins + Will

Our Role:

Structural Glazing Engineer

Key Services

Early Stage Design Assistance
Design Construction Documents Review
Structural Field Review

Often the best value that our Façade Structures team can contribute to a project is during the early stage of design. We help our clients explore conceptual design opportunities and support the design team by answering questions such as “Can we actually do this?” “What will this cost?” and “How can we optimize our systems?” Our team is able to assess the interaction between the building enclosure design, energy performance, and ventilation strategies to support the development of advanced and unique building façades. Once we have defined these elements of the project, we are able to better focus our services during the subsequent stages of work.

David Vadocz | P.Eng.

Principal, Façade Structural Specialist
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