VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- City officials here unveiled
plans to reshape Vancouver's waterfront, Canada Place, with major
upgrades to its convention center and cruise ship port.
The city said it will more than double the size of its
convention center, add a 1,000-room Marriott Hotel and open a berth
for megaliners by the winter of 2001. The Portside Trade and
Convention Centre Expansion Project will be developed by Greystone
Properties Ltd., a local land developer; Host Marriott; Marriott
International, and city, provincial and national governments.
The convention center expansion, estimated by Vancouver to cost
$175 million, will add a 250,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a
50,800-square-foot ballroom, 98,700 square feet of meeting rooms
and a 1,500-seat lecture hall. When combined with the existing Pan
Pacific and Waterfront Centre hotels, the proposed $225 million,
1,000-room Marriott Hotel will double the number of guest rooms
connected to the convention center. The Marriott, which will be
located on top of the convention center expansion area, will
include a ballroom, meeting rooms, and restaurant and lounge
facilities. According to Greystone, Host Marriott and Marriott
International will provide 80% of the equity for the property.
The new cruise ship berth, the third at the cruise ship
terminal, will accommodate the new generation of megaliners.
According to the Vancouver Port Corp., operators of the facility,
the present terminal is expected to reach capacity by 2005. The
Portside project will include the expansion of Maritime Plaza; the
addition of a waterfront space named Portside Plaza, which will be
accessible by foot, car, SeaBus and SkyTrain; an extension of the
city's waterfront walkway system, and extensions to area
The project also envisions a retail pavilion along Canada Place
Way and a downtown check-in facility for the new international
arrivals terminal at Vancouver Airport.
Project developers will seek to integrate the existing SeaBus,
West Coast Express, SkyTrain, Heliport and cruise ship facilities
into a central hub connected by the underground pedestrian system
that links Canada Place with hotels and the Sinclair Centre.