Block 8

  • Location: Vancouver, Washington
  • Status: On the Boards

OVERVIEW

Centrally located in the heart of the emerging waterfront development in Vancouver, Washington, Block 8 is a seven-story mixed-use development with ground floor retail, apartment units on the levels above, and ground-level and lower-level parking.  The project is anticipated to be achieve a minimum of LEED™ Silver certification under LEED™ for Homes Mid-Rise Pilot v2010.

Block 8 focuses on maximizing the exceptional views that the waterfront development offers.  The project is situated to bring the housing units closest to the views and is angled to enhance the most dramatic viewpoints – both toward the Cascade Mountains and toward bridges to the east and the west along the river.

The ground level contains the apartment lobby and entrance, retail, utility and support areas, resident bike storage, parking, and a plaza with planters and seating.  All corners of the site provide space for active retail or restaurant uses at ground level.

Amenity spaces include a 3rd level landscaped courtyard and a clubhouse that opens to the outdoor space. The 2nd level provides exclusive level 2 tenant-only access, with exterior balconies for the units facing the river and a dedicated parking court enhanced with skylights.

Residents will benefit from the convenience of many features within a short walk, including an impressive array of restaurants, bars and shops planned as part of the waterfront development and Grant Street Pier, in addition to direct connection to the Waterfront Park Promenade that will form part of the Columbia River Renaissance Trail. An integral element in reconnecting the fabric of the city to the Columbia River Waterfront and its past, Block 8 offers a rare opportunity to reside in the core of a new, thriving neighborhood that will redefine the future of Vancouver.

FACTS

48,670 sf site oriented toward the Columbia River.  The site is bounded by Columbia Way to the north, Festival to the south, and Grant Street to the west. 

20,000 sf of street level retail

Approximately 207 market-rate apartments on levels 2 through 7 including studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom layouts

On-site parking will be provided by accessing one level of sub-grade parking paired with two levels of structured parking on levels 1 and 2

The total project square footage is estimated at 320,600 GSF

Projected to be achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification under LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Pilot v2010. 

CONSTRUCTION DETAILS

The building will be two levels of concrete podium with wood framed construction at levels three through seven.  Most of the building will be clad in brick masonry with some metal paneling, vinyl windows and doors on levels 3-7, and an aluminum storefront system at level 2.  All retail spaces on the ground level have aluminum storefront retail frontages with inset bays at the entries.

Locations and frequencies of balconies vary depending on level and building elevation.  South-facing level 2 units will have an exterior balcony with a brick low-wall and metal guardrail to allow for privacy.  Some of the units on levels 3-7 will have precast concrete balconies with a metal or a glass railing system.

Rain protection is provided by metal and glass canopies along the retail frontages and at entries; they extend on average 7’-0” into R.O.W. and 10’-0” A.F.F. The south façade coverage at the retail varies from 3’ to 6’ at entry points from the level 2 podium above.