EA Sports Expansion Breaks Ground in Burnaby
Gaming technology giant EA Sports will be the anchor tenant for one of two new buildings designed by DIALOG.
Gaming technology giant EA Sports will be the anchor tenant for one of two new buildings, designed by DIALOG, in the city of Burnaby. The practice will provide the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, landscape and interior design for the project.
The new buildings will deliver 300,000 additional square feet of Class A office space, adjacent to its existing 12.6-acre campus. The expanded footprint of the north campus will accommodate more than 1,000 additional employees.
The existing EA Sports Burnaby facilities span approximately 750,000 square feet and employ 1,300 people. The expansion site is less than 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and most recently functioned as an under-utilized surface parking lot.
“We focused on activating the street frontage with a landscaped south-facing plaza offering views to the north shore mountains,” said Martin Nielsen, Partner with DIALOG. “Large central atria connect and animate the three floor levels of both buildings to provide daylight into the expansive floor plates designed to accommodate the evolving technology of the industry.”
A new skybridge over Sanderson Way will provide access for EA employees to the north campus with a connection to the existing main campus buildings to the south. The EA team will have access to new amenities such as a cafeteria and cafe, as well as bike storage, end-of-trip facilities with lockers, change rooms, and 900 parking stalls within 3 underground levels. Bicycling access has been an especially significant transit focus within the Burnaby community.
The first of the two buildings is scheduled to complete construction in early 2024, with interior work completed by the end of that same year. The second building is slated for Summer 2024 completion. The collaborative design and construction team has developed the project under a collaborative LEAN construction model, minimizing waste and construction timeline inefficiencies.