Published on Monday, 30 September 2013 11:57
One of Vancouver's heritage landmarks. Built by Dominion Construction in 1918 it is a prime example of early 1900's construction. It is a legacy of the industrial history of the southeast False Creek area.
It was used for making logging equipment and was part of the massive railway yard that networked across False Creek.
To read more. Visit Vancouver Courier
Or visit here to watch a great clip of brief history and future plans for Opsal steel.
Published on Friday, 20 September 2013 09:28
In a recent renovation of the Yale Hotel WRTC acquired some of the timbers out of the hotel.
The Yale Hotel is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Vancouver. Been originally constructed in 1888 and finished in 1889. It was built in association with the construction of the Granville street bridge, and served travelers between Richmond and Vancouver. It is also greatly associated with the development of Yaletown. Providing low-priced accommodation for CPR workers it become known as the center of notorious Yaletown nightlife.
It is a simplified example of Second Empire architecture, which typifies elaborate and monumental appearance of architecture towards the end of the nineteenth century.
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Published on Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:07
WRTC has recently acquired wood from the demolition of Albion Fisheries Ltd., the largest seafood company in Western Canada. If you've dined at any profiled restaurant, shopped at a supermarket, or busy seafood markets of Vancouver you have likely enjoyed products from Albion Fisheries.
The site will now be home to New Mountain Equipment Coop a retailer for active/outdoor wear and equipment.
Published on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:59
Built in 1996, the Granville Safeway became formally recognized and listed in the registrar as a Canadian Historic Place in 2008. It's importance stems from its cultural significance, innovative construction technique, and landmark status.
This Safeway store stood out with the distinctive gull-wing roof form employed arching glue-laminated timber beams, it was one of the last buildings in the Safeway chain with unaltered roof lines.
This building had modernist qualities, indicating the important shift in the suburban consumer from the 1950's into the 1960's, stepping away from the reliance of small local grocers, butchers, and bakers towards the one-stop self serve shopping.
To read more on Granville Safeway. Click here
Published on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 17:56
WRTC recently received wood from the Coulter Berry project. Coulter Berry dismantled and recycled an old hardware store to make room for a LEED Gold certified building. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is responsible for providing building owners and operators the tools they need to design, construct, and operate high performance green buildings.
For more information on the Coulter Berry project please check out their blog here.