Multi-story distribution centre planned for Burnaby

VANCOUVER—Canada will see its first large-scale, multi-storey distribution centre concept as Oxford Properties Group has unveiled plans to develop its Oxford’s Riverbend Business Park in Burnaby, BC.

Rendering of multi-storey industrial distribution facility at Riverbend Business Park located in Burnaby. The second storey is accessible to full size transport trailers via a heated ramp. (CNW Group/Oxford Properties Group Inc.)

Comprising 707,000 square feet over two levels, the project will be built at Oxford’s Riverbend Business Park located in Burnaby. The site of a former paperboard milling operation, Oxford has transformed the brownfield location into a progressive and environmental award-winning 1.35 million square foot master planned business park. The park currently features five industrial buildings.

“Vancouver is one of the tightest industrial markets in the world and space for businesses that service the region — be it through manufacturing, logistics or e-commerce — is in critically short supply,” said Jeff Miller, head of industrial at Oxford Properties. “We have studied innovative industrial projects from across the globe to inform our plan to develop Canada’s first multi-level property. By doing so, we can add density to the already established Riverbend Business park, a former brownfield site, without the need to encroach on greenfield or agricultural land.”

Oxford’s development will be on two levels—the ground floor comprises 437,000 square feet with 32-foot clear heights. The second storey, which is accessible to full size transport trailers via a heated ramp, consists of 270,000 square feet, 28-foot clear heights and a 130-foot truck court.

Expected to be finished in 2022, the building offers one customer 707,000 square feet of contiguous space, making it the largest available industrial property in the Greater Vancouver Area, said Oxford Properties. The two floors can also be operated and occupied independently and further broken up to accommodate multiple customers as small as 70,000 square feet.

The site is close to the intersection of Marine Way and Highway 91A in Burnaby and is situated for attracting labour and serving the population base of Vancouver.

Over 300,000 cubic metres of waste and debris was removed from the site and converted back into developable land. Oxford has worked to restore the shoreline of the adjacent Fraser River and to protect native species. The buildings at Riverbend Business Park are LEED Certified and the company earned the 2019 City of Burnaby Environmental Award for the site.