By Karen Moores
Developed by East Port Properties, with the design inf luence of Stantec Architecture, 351 Water represents many firsts for Newfoundland and Labrador: it’s a Canadian Green Building Council LEED® Certification Candidate and is being constructed to LEED® Gold standards. Managed by Trendex Construction, the structural manager for the build is J.W Lindsay, an Atlantic Canadian leader in infrastructure projects. East Port believes in using rigorous planning to build properties that adapt to their surroundings and evolve with emerging technologies. Their goal is to “future-proof buildings to nimbly adapt to change— creating ‘buildings Darwin would love’.”
351 Water spans 168,000 square feet of prime retail and commercial space in downtown St. John’s. Anchor tenants include Husky Energy (occupying two-thirds of the building) and Subsea 7. Newfoundland artist Will Gill won a $100,000 juried competition to complete the art installation in the main lobby.
Parking is a must for new builds in St. John’s. 351 Water’s precast concrete/parking garage is by Strescon (based in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland), and American Steel & Precast Erectors (from New Hampshire). The finished facility will add 446 new parking spaces to the downtown area, including 246 public spaces.
Many Atlantic Canadian firms have been involved in this landmark build: roofing was completed by Newfoundland firm, Northshore, with steel sourced and managed by Marid Industries Limited/FASCO, serving Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Mechanical services were provided by Life Safety Systems Inc. (N.S.) and Tristar Mechanical (N.L.).
Located on one of the oldest streets in North America, 351 Water aims to utilize the area’s heritage historical patterns and proportions, but with modern and efficient technology and building systems. East Port is harnessing tidal energy to heat and cool the building—a first for Newfoundland and Labrador.