Vancouver USA has an almost secret society of companies involved with larger urban projects both locally and out of the area. There are often out of area or Portland firms involved in larger scale construction projects, but here in America’s Vancouver we have a tidy group of developers, architects, management firms, and construction companies geared towards the types of projects underway Downtown and on the new Waterfront as well as outside our region.
Vancouver’s own LSW Architects have been involved with the design of several notable projects that are proposed, underway, or completed. I have been following the LSW designed ‘Uptown’ apartment building, and the Riverwest Apartment building, during the design to completion cycle.
On the construction side of the equation Vancouver and/or Clark County is home to several large operations that have been involved in some of the urban development locally. Robertson and Olsen Construction has their fingerprints all over the new waterfront and they export their urban expertise across the Columbia River as well.
On the development side, many who have followed the waterfront development know the name Gramor they are actually based in Tualatin, Oregon. However they are the master planners of the waterfront, each project has its own developer, Gramor has plans for some of the waterfront blocks, but locally Kirkland is building the Indigo Hotel and Kirkland Tower Condos on Block 4 of the waterfront.
In the downtown area several other players are working on urban projects followed right here on this site. Cascadia Development Partners recently completed the wonderful Uptown Apartments. That building was recently sold to a California based investor. I hope that frees up some cash for Cascadia to start on the Aria Apartments near Esther Short Park.
Hurley Construction has become a local force both downtown and around the suburban areas, they are building the Hurley Tower on 3rd and Columbia right now. That is an office condominium project.
Holland Partner Group is a Vancouver based urban developer often building high-rise and mid-rise buildings. Often they continue to manage the projects they build. They manage the Vancouver Center 1 Apartments and are building the long awaited Vancouver Center 4 tower now.
Killian Pacific is a long time contributor to urban and industrial operations in Vancouver. They are based downtown and operate the industrial area at and around the former Kaiser Shipyards. They currently are working on the plans for the ‘Library Square’ project which is near the Library and on the site of the former Carr dealership on C Street.
Prestige Development is another Vancouver based company well known for movie theater construction and management but also built the Prestige Plaza mixed use apartment building on the former Burgerville site on Mill Plain and Broadway and are just now completing the ‘Our Heroes Place’ two building urban apartment project on the next block over.
Vancouver is home to a fair number of urban developers including several that build projects all over the western US.