Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Which came first? Westcoast Transmission Building or a South Vancouver double wide carport

The Carport: 1963 - 1965

Common Features.  Similar time frame.  No supporting 'walls'.

City of Vancouver by-law requires the Inspector measure the 'wall' adjacent to the Lane. There are no walls.  Nothing to measure.

The carport design tripled the parking spaces at the single family home. The garage was existing.

@ 1646 East 56th

And, withstood Typhoon Freda

The double carport three 'joists and posts' are made of steel, welded to a steel plate (20" X 20") which is in turn bolted down, with nuts, to the reinforced concrete pad.  The retaining wall to the north (behind the car) is reinforced concrete, so too, is the retaining wall supporting the original garage.

The carport roof was raised afterwards by cutting the steel posts, to allow a Fifth-Wheel Rig to park there.  Look closely a flat steel plate that has been inserted into the 'I' posts on both sides.

And, withstood Typhoon Freda

 As to that 'inverted mine shaft' on Georgia Street ...

Concrete core, with reinforced steel, just like the carport.

The Qube

Construction Date:  

     1968/01/01 to 1969/01/01

Description of Historic Place

The Westcoast Transmission Building consists of a twelve-storey dark-glazed rectangular tower suspended by cables from a central concrete entry/elevator core. It is prominently located on a multi-leveled plaza on the north side of West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.














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