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Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 project wins award

By , Columbian staff writer
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Signage informs pedestrians about some of the plantings at the landing. Several elements at Vancouver Landing are geared toward educating the public about the former industrial site.
Signage informs pedestrians about some of the plantings at the landing. Several elements at Vancouver Landing are geared toward educating the public about the former industrial site. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

With its incorporation of history and its restoration of Vancouver’s shoreline and connections to the rest of the city, Terminal 1’s Vancouver Landing can add another achievement to its list: award winner.

The landing opened in June 2022, transforming what was once a concrete amphitheater into the green space it is now.

Metallic raised beds hold picturesque gardens, while simultaneously echoing back to the area’s industrial roots. A river map lies carved in concrete, again combining the ancient with the new.

Planks on the boardwalk tell the story of the county’s history, with dates stretching back to the 1400s. Interpretive panels dot the open space, pointing to important moments in time for both Indigenous people and the Port of Vancouver.

Vancouver Landing’s design won an Award of Merit from the American Society of Landscape Architects for GreenWorks PC. GreenWorks was the landscape architecture firm that designed the landing for the Port of Vancouver.

The project was the first one completed as part of the Terminal 1 redevelopment. The landing links Vancouver’s Waterfront Renaissance Trail with Vancouver Waterfront Park.

“As a catalyst project, the Vancouver Landing Project set the stage for future work by celebrating the site’s commercial and industrial history while greening and reimagining an existing derelict amphitheater, restoring the shoreline, and making vital connections to the adjacent waterfront, new development and amenities, the existing Renaissance Trail to the east and downtown Vancouver,” read the project’s award submission to the landscape architect society.

By connecting various parts of the city, the submission went on to say the project brought economic vitality to the area.

The port partnered with GreenWorks in 2018 to begin phasing and designing Vancouver Landing. Plans for the development of Terminal 1 started in 2016.

When the port brought the project to GreenWorks, the landscape architecture company was directed to seismically upgrade the existing dock structure, provide new utility infrastructure for the Terminal 1 development, connect Vancouver Waterfront Park with the Waterfront Renaissance Trail, reimagine Vancouver Landing to incorporate green space, meet a LEED Neighborhood Gold certification, incorporate the site’s commercial, industrial and Indigenous histories, and integrate the space with the adjacent AC Hotel by Marriott Vancouver Waterfront, which also opened last year.

The 10 acres that make up Terminal 1 are still very much a work in progress, with construction of its mixed-use buildings already underway and work planned to begin on its pier this fall.

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