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Douglas House
Uses: office, commercial
Address: 1515 Douglas Street
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 6
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[Downtown Victoria] 1515 Douglas and 750 Pandora | Office; commercial | 6- & 13-storeys (53.6m & 27.4m) | Completed - Built in 2018 and 2017

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#41 Nparker

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:25 PM

They might be in small floor plate buildlings at the moment, but given the chance they will move onto larger floor plates to consolidate departments onto one floor.


As I alluded to above, I work in a government building that although it has large floor plates, offices within the same division are often scattered all over the building and would function just as well in a taller building with smaller floor plates.

#42 Mike K.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:27 PM

Could that be a case of space acquisitions haphazardly as the staff requirements of a department grew and various vacancies throughout the building become available?

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#43 Nparker

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:37 PM

Could that be a case of space acquisitions haphazardly as the staff requirements of a department grew and various vacancies throughout the building become available?


Probably more about re-organizations, but staff requirements are always going to fluctuate. I have been in government for 20 years and I have never seen an office not go through some sort of physical change at least once every 3 years.

#44 baconnbits

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 04:54 PM

the other big issue for government tenants is the efficiency and cost of their fit outs within the space.
larger floor plates allow for more space efficient and cost efficient fit outs.
less space is lost through the fit out design and the building of foyer space which means you are not paying for as much dead space. the more floors you require, the more space you lose in your fitout which increases the overall cost. additionally there is greater connectivity which is often beneficial for these big government tenants.

the large floor plates also mean you can reconfigure space much easier as needed to adjust to any changes in the business - as per your department it seems.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 05:06 PM

Probably more about re-organizations, but staff requirements are always going to fluctuate. I have been in government for 20 years and I have never seen an office not go through some sort of physical change at least once every 3 years.


That is because, unlike the private sector, you have an unlimited budget for such things :-)

#46 Nparker

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 05:52 PM

That is because, unlike the private sector, you have an unlimited budget for such things :-)


We may have A budget for such things but I assure you it is quite limited.

#47 Nparker

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 04:19 PM

^ Its protected heritage so it would have to be incorporated.


The RB building on Douglas is protected heritage? Whatever for? It's not good mid-century modern. It's just a generic bank circa 1955.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 04:22 PM

The RB building on Douglas is protected heritage? Whatever for? It's not good mid-century modern. It's just a generic bank circa 1955.


This is the building that has been purchased by the Jawls to include with this main project.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 06:57 PM

The Royal Bank is on the City's modern heritage wish list:

http://www.victoria....hrt_prsrv.shtml

http://vibrantvictor...read.php?t=2683

I really can't see how the Roth site can be economically developed without access to the derelict Douglas St. properties. Myself, I see the Royal Bank building as a cool modern restaurant after some renovations.
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:32 PM

I thought it was passed at a meeting a few months ago.

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#51 Mike K.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:55 PM

This is the building that has been purchased by the Jawls to include with this main project.


Well, there we have it. A lot of VV'ers have been wishing for this to happen.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:57 PM

I bumped into Bobby J at the luggage carousel in YVR, he said they bought it from Danny Danzo.

#53 Mike K.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:00 PM

Excellent. Mr. Danzo, the owner of the Douglas Hotel kitty corner to this lot, would not sell the property to Townline back when they were working on plans for the Centro project (the project that preceded the current office proposal by Jawl).

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#54 Mike K.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:04 PM

...and this only cements the fact that Jawl is very, very serious about being the developer of the next major downtown office project and potentially derailing efforts by Tri-Eagle to build Gateway Green.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:12 PM

word from the horse's mouth is that this will be a minimum 2 building development. possibly even three. i.e these buildings will likely be somewhere between the atrium and gateway green. instead of 20,000 sqf floor plates they will probably be 15,000 - 17,000

there will also be a large retail component. at least these are the plans at present.

#56 Mike K.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:18 AM

Wow. Any idea on the massing and scale of these buildings, b?

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:57 PM

One of our Facebook members mentioned today that drilling/soil testing appears to be under way.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 02:08 PM

Looks like Jawl is partnering with D'Ambrosio architects again for this project. The green terra-cotta facade will be salvaged but say goodbye to the modernist old Royal Bank building. I have no further information.
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Posted 10 August 2013 - 03:13 PM

okay sure, salvage the terra-cotta but please don't rebuild it in place

the bank I won't miss. re-do the entire block

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:58 PM

I like that building it could have made a great restaurant...

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