In answer to the regular cries for more downtown Vancouver office space (the latest vacancy rate came in at a record 3.5%), a new 22-storey office tower is soon to be built next to GM Place.
Somehow, they're going to shoe-horn this thing into the northwest corner near the stadium, at 800 Arthur Griffiths Way, across from the new Costco.
Aside from the convenient location (for sports fans, anyway), the building is also going to be energy efficient and carbon neutral, partly by sharing heat waste with the neighbouring GM Place.
The building's developers have also said that they intend to use ice shavings from the rink to cool the tower.
The building is scheduled for completion in late 2010, according to this article from the Sun.
Although it may be a quaint notion in this day and age, when the trend is to sell naming rights for buildings to marketers, we thought it would be interesting to consider naming the new structure after a former Vancouver Canucks player.
While the Smyl, Snepts, or Odjick Tower would probably sound a little strange, the Brodeur or Linden Tower might just have a little upscale cachet.
And if you'll pardon the digression - about 15 years later, we're still laughing about the Sportspage broadcast, in which they referred to Gino Odjick as a 'Chippendale gone berserk', after a particularly fight-filled night for the chap.