Building with character in mind

Artist's concept of a proposed Novawest Electrical shop building on McPhaden Street in New Westminster.
— image credit: City of New Westminster report

A building that pays homage to historical industrial buildings in New Westminster and Vancouver has been approved by city council.

Novawest Electrical Services wants to build a two-storey shop and office building on a nearly 5,000 square foot site at 320 McPhaden St. It’s a block that runs between 12th and 13th streets off of Fourth Avenue. The land is currently home to a vacant house built in 1914.

The design gets its character cues from the nearby Gasification Building (Gas Works) at Third Avenue and 12th Street, the Royal City Fire Supply Building at Seventh Avenue and 12th Street, and the Carpentry Shop community hall in Victoria Hill. The design has also been influenced by the Salt Co. Building in the new Olympic Village development in Vancouver’s False Creek.

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