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The Capers Building, at 2211 West Fourth Avenue, is a mixed use building on a busy shopping street in the Vancouver neighborhood of Kitsilano. Completed in 1993, the project redeveloped a former auto dealership site into 78 residential units on two floors over ground level, neighborhood-serving retail and second floor office space.
The development, which has become a much-referenced example of green building practices, is the product of the vision and social conscience of developer Harold Kalke. Kalke’s philosophy is embodied in his observation that "if you keep your eye on the bottom line, chances are you have set your sights too low." Kalke believes that three development objectives must be met if a building is to be a true success: it must positively affect the occupants' lives; it must make a positive contribution to the neighbourhood; and it must show the development industry that 'there is a better way.'
The design program for achieving these objectives for 2211West Fourth included:
Kalke was awarded VanCity Credit Union’s “Ethics in Action”
award in recognition of the benefits the Capers Building has brought to
For more information:
See the Green Buildings BC Case Study for more details on the ground source heating system: www.greenbuildingsbc.com/new_buildings/case_studies/2211_West.pdf
See the Advanced Buildings Newsletter, Volume 1 No 13, May 1996 on the
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada web site for further information
on the design and layout of the building: