With a vision to enhance the retail environment and brand identity, this new flagship store adopts a distinctive contemporary “west coast” design inspired by the mountains that symbolizes the client’s core values.

Project Essentials

  • LocationVancouver, BC
  • ClientMountain Equipment Co-op
  • ArchitectProscenium Architecture + Interior
  • Size62,000 ft² (5,700 m²)
  • BudgetC$30 million
  • Sustainable FeaturesCertified LEED Gold

The 62,000 square feet mass timber superstructure comprises three levels of underground parking and two levels of retail space, along with a third floor of offices with community rooms and a rooftop terrace. The below-grade structure consists of cast-in-place concrete, while the above-grade structure primarily exposes wood with cross-laminated floors and a roof supported on glulam beams. Steel buckling-restrained brace frames and custom eccentrically braced frames at the stair cores and central atrium provide lateral structure.

The client’s commitment to sustainability informed the decision to use mass timber – understanding that the building material is lower in embodied carbon compared to others. Additional sustainable features of the new flagship store include an extensive green roof, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, and renewable energy resources with an estimate of one-third less energy being used than the standard.