704 ALEXANDER

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704 Alexander

Client / KM Pacific Investments Inc.

Location / Vancouver, Canada

Completion / 2014

Architecture / KRA

Interior Design / KRA

Photography / Andrew Latreille


In 2014, KRA was retained to complete a renovation of the existing building at 704 Alexander in Vancouver’s Railtown district. The project's partnership between KRA and Bon Constructors allowed for a great deal of flexibility, collaboration and integration during both design and construction.

The project is an excellent example of building transformation on a very tight budget. Work included demolition of the interior space to create space for interior office/retail and manufacturing, enhancements to the existing mezzanine to conform to code requirements, and a fresh new façade.

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The building façade was updated with simplicity, cost effectiveness, beauty, and attention to detail in mind. This included a custom-made, cost-effective zinc metal panel cladding system, operable aluminum storefront windows and doors, a fresh coat of paint, and a new steel and glass canopy.

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Special attention was given to the building’s interior circulation. The main stairwell was given an upgrade to create a memorable entrance for the upstairs unit of the building, and new guardrails and pendant lighting were installed.

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Building upgrades included new HVAC, plumbing, electrical, lighting, washrooms, accessibility requirements, and new finishes. Additionally, upgrades to the building envelope were performed to comply with new Vancouver Building By-laws at the time. Finally, the building was altered to achieve an S3 seismic rating.