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Shangri-La Hotel and Condominium Complex,


New luxury hotel meets

water savings objectives

Shangri-La Hotel and Condominium

Complex, Vancouver

The legendary Shangri-La

is now in North America.

The recently opened, 5-star

Shangri-La is a 119-room

luxury hotel and 420 unit

condominium, and the tallest

building in Vancouver, British

Columbia. The Shangri-La

overlooks downtown

Vancouver and occupies

the first 15 floors of this

landmark building. Private

condos, commercial offices,

two restaurants, a fullservice

spa, a health club

and numerous retail stores

round out the facilities.

The Challenge

The Shangri-La complex is LEED®

(Leadership in Energy and Environmental

Design) Silver certified, which, for a luxury

hotel, is no small feat. As for Vancouver, it

is listed third in the World’s Top 100 Most

Livable Cities and as a forward-thinking city,

required a development of this scale to be

environmentally sensitive.

Guests at global Shangri-La hotels are

accustomed to contemporary Asian luxury.

Vancouver’s Shangri-La is no exception; the

suites are decorated in warm latte tones and

contemporary Asian style. No detail has been

overlooked even in the restrooms: a walk-in

shower with three separate showerheads

stands apart from the tub. A television is

embedded within the bathroom’s mirror.

The luxury hotel offers amenities and

accommodations that bring to life the

unique Asian hospitality, serenity, and

caring service that Shangri-La Hotels and

Resorts represents.

“Our challenge was to match the elegance

and serenity of the hotel’s modernist décor in

the condo restrooms’ plumbing,” including

very quiet, concealed toilet tanks, according

to Pete Simons, Project Manager, GML

Mechanical Ltd., Delta, British Columbia, the

professional plumbing contractor for the

Shangri-La. “Long-term water savings,

environmental sensitivity, meeting

Vancouver’s BuildSmart and SmartSteps

programs, and LEED® requirements were

also major considerations — not to mention

the utilitarian need of easy cleaning and

maintenance of the restrooms.”

LEED certification is the recognized standard

for measuring building sustainability.

Achieving LEED certification is the official

way to demonstrate that a building project is

truly “green.” The LEED system encourages

and accelerates global adoption of

sustainable green building and development

practices through the creation and

implementation of universally understood

and accepted tools and performance

criteria, Water Efficiency being one of them.

BuildSmart is a program developed and

administered by Metro Vancouver to

encourage the use of green building

strategies and technologies; SmartSteps

incorporates tools and information to

implement cost-effective, green initiatives.

The Solution

The Shangri-La, one of the few luxury

buildings in the world to achieve LEED Silver

certification, also met the requirements of

Vancouver’s water-saving programs by

ordering 420 of Geberit’s Concealed Tank

and Carrier Systems, with Samba

Dual-Flush Actuators, for use in Shangri-La’s

condominiums. Duravit’s Darling wallmounted

toilets were used. Geberit’s

dual-flush system’s water-saving capability

meets and exceeds the guidelines of 0.8 gpf

(3 LPF) or 1.6 gpf (6 LPF) and is Canadian

Uniform Plumbing Code compliant.

Geberit’s in-wall system was chosen not

only because of the dual-flush capacity and

water efficiencies, but for its quiet flushing

and short refill times,” which, according to

Simons, “was a major consideration, along

with easy cleaning of the wall and the floor

under the wall-hung water closets and

meeting the aesthetic requirements of a

concealed installation.” Not only does

Geberit’s in-wall system save money for

the Shangri-La by conserving water; it also

increases the water efficiency and reduces

the burden on Vancouver’s municipal water

supply and wastewater systems. ←

Architect: Hariri Pontarini Architects

Owner: Peterson Investment Group,

Westbank Projects Corp.

Interior Designer: James K M Cheng


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