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Concrete progress seen at Kirkland Tower, Hotel Indigo site

Hotel’s glass curtain wall could begin forming as early as next week

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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Vancouver residents Allie Thompson, from left, and Ebony Thompson join their mom, Angel Thompson, as they stroll past the crane for the Kirkland Tower and Hotel Indigo, which are still under construction. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)
Vancouver residents Allie Thompson, from left, and Ebony Thompson join their mom, Angel Thompson, as they stroll past the crane for the Kirkland Tower and Hotel Indigo, which are still under construction. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

In about three weeks, construction crews will finish pouring for the concrete roof of The Waterfront Vancouver’s next high-rise, Kirkland Tower.

But as soon as next week, workers will begin placing panes of the hotel’s glass curtain wall, a new trend in modern high-rises.

“The panels are silver-gray. They’re really nice looking,” said Dean Kirkland, chairman of Kirkland Development. “There’s no trim in between them.”

The building’s target opening date is now late fall 2020, said Kirkland.

The future condominium tower is attached to the eight-story Hotel Indigo, also under construction.

Construction crews on Tuesday poured the cement mixture for the concrete on the 11th floor of the tower, and Kirkland expects to have floor 13, the roof, done in about three weeks. The Hotel Indigo’s nine floors — eight floors and the roof — have all been poured, Kirkland said, and crews will begin stringing giant tension cables between the floors soon.

Kirkland also said that the Hotel Indigo’s roof will feature a public rooftop bar.

In addition to El Gaucho steakhouse and Naked Winery, a coffee shop will also be among the tenants in the building’s retail space, said Kirkland; he did not share additional details.

The leasing rate of the tower’s 40 condominiums is about 20 percent, Kirkland said. Kirkland hired Beverly-Hills-based The Agency Development Group to handle the brokerage. He also hired local contractor Axiom Luxury Homes for the interior design of the buildings, he said.

The hotel is scheduled to open in late fall 2020, Kirkland said. The sales office for the condos will open in February, with units move-in ready next summer, he said. The prices of the condominiums are not publicly available.

“Overall, it’s probably one of the most exciting things for our hometown,” he said.

Kirkland said the project is expected to cost $108 million, about $8 million more than previously expected.

The tower crane at the Kirkland Tower was meant to come down by the end of October because planes flying into Pearson Field would need the clearance during the winter months. But Kirkland said he was able to work out a deal with the city of Vancouver, the Federal Aviation Administration and Pearson Field to keep the crane up for an extended time.

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