The Columbia at the water’s edge • Daily Journal of Commerce

A seven-story, 300,000-square-foot apartment building near the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington has 248 units. (David Papazian Photography)

PROJECT: The Columbia at the water’s edge

LOCATION: 1111 W. Columbia Way, Vancouver, Washington

COST: undisclosed



DEVELOPER: Jackson Square Properties

OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE: Russell Square Council

GENERAL CONTRACTOR : Construction of under


STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Kramer Gehlen & Associates

OTHER ASSOCIATES/CONSULTANTS: PBS Engineering and Environment, Shapiro Didway

IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT: This seven-story, 300,000-square-foot, 248-unit building is located at the crossroads of downtown Vancouver, Washington, and its waterfront. In addition to stunning views of the Columbia River, the complex offers a rooftop infinity pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, resident lounge, game room, barbecue area, shuffleboard tables, community pavilion, and parking.

A high water table presented distinct technical challenges. To ensure that the foundation would not be affected by hydrostatic pressure, the construction crew poured as much concrete as possible to add weight and mass to the structure as quickly as possible. The idea was to ballast the building before the seasonal rise in the level of the river. A matte sole design has been used, which ranges in depth from 36 inches to 60 inches. The transfer slab on level 2 is 2 feet thick. The extra weight ensured that the building did not become buoyant once the river level rose.

“We had to plan various parts of the construction around the surface elevation of the Columbia River to ensure that the foundations of the complex were solid and secure,” said Eeshoo Rehani, lead designer of LRS Architects.

The Columbia offers open-plan studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The building is pet-friendly and features floor-to-ceiling windows and private outdoor space. Color palettes and materials reflect the surrounding area. Interiors have stainless steel kitchen appliances, quartz countertops, wood-inspired floors, washers and dryers, and shelving closets.

The building has a U-shape, so two-thirds of the apartments have seafront views.

“The design goal was to incorporate as many waterfront views as possible while emphasizing a modernist architectural style that matches the aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest and uses interior and exterior materials of the highest quality,” said LRS Director Greg Mitchell.

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(David Papazian Photography)

(David Papazian Photography)

(David Papazian Photography)