|September 21, 2009|
Vancouver Convention Centre Opens Refurbished East Building
|Following the April 4 opening of the Vancouver Convention Centre West building, the final phase of the centre's expansion project has now been completed. On September 9, the Vancouver Convention Centre officially re-opened the newly refurbished East building, along with the Harbour Concourse linking the two facilities. |
The East building, the original Vancouver Convention Centre facility located under the iconic five white sails, has undergone renovations to give it the modern look and feel of the new West building. Integral to creating a seamless transition between the two buildings is the new Harbour Concourse, located one level below street-level and home to the Coast Salish Gallery. The gallery features nine original works by British Columbia's Coast Salish First Nations artists. The new East building lobby also features three First Nations totem poles from the original lobby, which were refurbished and given a new permanent home.
The East Building first served as the Canada Pavilion when the city hosted the World's Fair in 1986, and was officially opened as a convention centre on July 4, 1987. The Vancouver Convention Centre's expansion project has tripled the amount of available function space to a total of approximately 500,000 square feet (46,450 square metres).