Gateway Office Tower Park
Phase I of this 5 phase, 600,000 sq. ft. office park is scheduled for completion in early 2010 and will represent the cutting edge in sustainable and responsible design certified to a LEED Gold standard. The varying sizes of floor plates that will be found within the business park will cater to businesses large and small offering long term growth opportunity.
Located immediately adjacent to the Gateway SkyTrain terminal and to the existing Station Tower, in the heart of Surrey’s city centre, the Gateway Office Park will boast a central Lower Mainland location and transportation access that only a select few office locations in the Metro Vancouver can. The spectacular views and tranquil campus setting, complete with waterfall, solidifies Gateway Office Park has the most significant new development in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
As far as I can tell, this development hasn’t officially been through any proposal process to the City. That said, it sounds like an excellent project, and certainly one that – along with the second tower of Central City – will bring a ton of office space to Surrey City Centre – in a time when Vancouver has its lowest office vacancy rate ever.
I love how the project is described as an office park. Just that, the term traditionally conjures up images of sprawled, auto oriented big box buildings. I think this project should rather be called an urban office park – one that incorporates high and mid-rise buildings, with leisure and recreational facilities, underground parking, and rapid transit access.
This project, along with CityPoint, Access, Evo, and a residential tower proposal to the north, will certainly fulfill Intrawest’s original vision for the area when it first invested in the area over a decade ago with the development of Station Tower, Cornerstone I, Cornerstone II, and The Observatory.