Metropolis at Metrotown

Metropolis at Metrotown

March 21, 2006 16:16 ET

Metropolis at Metrotown Integrates Community and Construction

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2006) - A Gigantic Rocking Horse and an indoor Replica Steam Train shuttle service that have so far helped to raise more than $85,000 for local charities are the latest additions to the award winning community relations program at the newly integrated Metropolis at Metrotown.

Since acquiring Metrotown Centre in January of 2002, Ivanhoe Cambridge has made innovative community programs a major part of its integration of Canada's second largest and BC's largest shopping complex at Metropolis at Metrotown. The two year, $80 million redevelopment of what were two separate malls into one shopping complex also marks the completion of Metropolis at Metrotown's integration with the community it serves.

"Making a positive impact on our community, contributing programs and offering opportunities that address community issues and help create positive change on our community has always been part of the Metropolis at Metrotown mandate," says David Jang, Metropolis at Metrotown Public and Community Relations Manager.

Today Metropolis at Metrotown offers a myriad of community focused programs and services -- from free community meeting spaces and charity fundraising support to student scholarships and guided tours for those new to Canada.

Metropolis at Metrotown's focus on youth provides opportunities for them to voice their ideas, concerns and to teach them the skills to better their communities. Their innovative programs include:

- Student Street Squad - more than 1,050 students from 40 Lower Mainland high schools to attend leadership conferences that teach advanced leadership and planning skills, identify community needs, determine collective approaches and develop strategies to affect change.

- Retail Marketing Management - Metropolis at Metrotown teamed with BCIT to create BC's first accredited program that provides five year founding sponsorship, onsite classroom space and practicum experience for those seeking careers in retail management.

- Through the Lens: a Student View - students from across the province can earn $2,500 in scholarships by creating Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that identify and address safety issues facing their schools and/or communities.

- Mannequins for a Cause - last year students from 41 Lower Mainland elementary and high schools vied for $3,000 for their schools by using mannequins to create scenes that demonstrated social responsibility. The innovative competition gave young people a chance to tell their communities what social responsibility meant to them.

Metropolis at Metrotown also provides space, resources and support for successful annual fundraising ventures such as Santa Photos, Gift Wrapping The Rotary Club Wine Festival, and the Maywood Christmas Tree Sale, that raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for community charities.

Metropolis at Metrotown's community efforts and massive redevelopment highlight the shopping complex's ongoing commitment to the region, says Ted Williams, Director, Metrotown Properties.

"After $80 million dollars, more than 740,000 construction hours, 1.6 million sq. ft. of drywall, 11,300 gallons of paint and 142,000 sq. ft. of new tiles, Metropolis at Metrotown represents a significant investment in both the community and economic development of the region," says Williams.

A team of architects, engineers, designers, contractors, landscapers and consultants worked as a team to make extensive internal and external improvements to the shopping complex. New pedestrian links on both levels have created a "main street" axis joining the properties.

Extensive upgrades to the Grand Court include a new four storey elliptical elevator with vibrant lights that change colour as the elevator travels. Other additions to the Grand Court include new lighting in the floor and columns, a 60 ft. bamboo feature and a new escalator. There is also a new Fountain Court, complete with glass chandeliers that reflect light through the fountain's glass bottom.

A new 1,100 seat food court located on the upper level by anchor store The Bay features breathtaking mountain views, a suspended glass foot bridge and free standing gas fireplace. Upgrades also feature new lighting, tensile fabric skylight canopies, comfortable furniture and dramatic tile work throughout the mall as well as improved, expanded parking facilities.

More than 25 million shoppers are attracted annually to the shopping centre's unique blend of 470 stores and services. Major stores include Chapters, Coast Mountain Sports, Famous Players SilverCity, Home Outfitters, Old Navy, Real Canadian Superstore, Sears, Sport Chek, The Bay, Toys "R" Us, Zellers, Urban Behavior, T&T Supermarket, Zara and Winners HomeSense.

Fact Sheet


Metropolis at Metrotown Construction & Community Relations Facts

Metropolis at Metrotown is BC's largest and Canada's second largest shopping complex with 470 stores and services covering over 1.7 million sq. ft. on three levels.

Construction Facts

25 - millions of annual shoppers at Metropolis at Metrotown
80 - millions spent on redevelopment
2 - years redevelopment took to complete
743,786 - total construction "man hours" required to complete
the redevelopment
4.05 - millions of pounds of concrete poured in the
76,375 - total weight of new elevators at centre court
210 - feet length of the new two-level pedestrian walkway
44,260 - sq. ft. of new fabric canopies installed
1,546,000 - sq. ft. of drywall used in the redevelopment
11,300 - gallons of paint used in the redevelopment
142,000 - sq. ft. of new tile put down in the redevelopment
3 - new fountains/waterscapes installed in the
8,500 - number of existing parking spaces

Community Facts

13,960 - number of strollers loaned out
659 - number of booking for our community rooms
56,859 - dollars raised through non-profit spaces
30,102 - dollars raised through Santa Photos
15,632 - number of people who rode the Train in December
7,100 - dollars raised through Train rides
16,166 - dollars raised through Rocking Horse donations
32,532 - dollars raised through Christmas gift-wrap donations
51,646 - number of feet of wrapping paper used
216,000 - yards of ribbon used for gift-wrap
118 - number of charities and non-profits that received
485 - number of items donated to charities and non-profits
6 - number of Retail Works classes per year
41 - number of schools participating in Mannequins for
a Cause
3,300 - dollars raised through Maywood Christmas Tree program
2000+ - number of students involved in the Student Street
Squad program

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