Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. has taken the next step in transforming Bentall Centre with the proposed addition of a 16-storey hybrid mass timber office and retail development called Burrard Exchange at Bentall Centre. Under the proposed plans, which were recently submitted to the city of Vancouver, approximately 450,000 square feet of office and retail space would be added within the Bentall Centre campus, creating one of the tallest exposed mass timber office buildings in North America on one of the last large development sites in Vancouvers urban core. The Burrard Exchange name pays homage to its central location and the Burrard Street thoroughfare that connects False Creek to Coal Harbour, while Exchange connotes the role that an iconic campus like Bentall Centre has in bringing people and ideas together. Burrard Exchanges design prioritizes both indoor and outdoor spaces to enhance connections to nature from within the building and meet growing demand for high-function outdoor areas and fresh air access. Replacing one of the sites existing parkades, the development will create new street frontages, amenities and retail space to service the entire campus and the public. Global architecture leader Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) was enlisted as the design architect and the Vancouver office of Adamson Associates Architects is the architect of record. Wood has a relatively low manufacturing carbon footprint compared to other materials and is the only material that can remove carbon from the atmosphere over the lifetime of its usage. This project represents Hudson Pacifics first mass timber development and will build upon the momentum of other recently announced mass timber projects in British Columbia. Throughout the entitlement process, Hudson Pacific will work collaboratively with the City of Vancouver to gain support and approval for this innovative use of exposed mass timber. As with the rest of Hudson Pacifics portfolio, upon delivery Burrard Exchanges building operations will be 100% carbon neutral. The project is anticipated to create more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, with construction beginning as soon as early 2023.