Shops at New West to get glass atrium

The Shops at New West is going under cover.

Nu-Westech Engineering Ltd. has applied to the city for an exemption to the construction noise bylaw so it may erect a glass atrium above the SkyTrain guideway that bisects the mall.

The work, which consists of erecting support columns and roofing, can only be done when SkyTrain isn’t operating. The company estimates construction will take approximately four months, beginning March 3.

New West bylaws restrict construction activities to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. Nu-Westech is proposing to do its work between 1 and 7 a.m., Monday to Friday.

When it opened in 2011, the Shops at New West Station was the first commercial project built completely around a transit line with 221,000 square feet of retail space. That space includes a Safeway grocery store, a Shoppers Drug Mart, a 10-screen cinema, two banks, a dental clinic, restaurants and even a school specializing in digital animation.

But the concourse area on the south side of the SkyTrain guideway and platforms was left open to the elements, subjecting shoppers to rain and snow. That will no longer be the case once the new atrium is installed, said Terry McSweeney, the owner of Nu-Westech, which also recently installed glass skylights into the canopy over the SkyTrain platforms to make them brighter.

“It’s going to give some protection to the shoppers so they won’t get wet anymore,” said McSweeney.

To reduce the impact of construction noise, notices will be delivered to residences in the area, including a phone number for any concerns, workers will be supervised and instructed how to minimize noise and equipment will be checked to ensure it’s in proper working order.


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