Richmond Yards

Westwood Developments
Year Completed:
2023 (Projected)

BMR is proud to have served as the lead structural consultant on this one-of-a-kind project by Westwood Developments.  Encompassing an urban footprint of over 200,000 square feet in the north end of Halifax, Richmond Yards ranks among the largest single building developments in the city’s, and BMR’s, history.  Blending a mix of underground parking, ground-level commercial and recreational uses, along with low-rise and high-rise residential suites, Richmond Yards will provide an increased sense of community and residential density to an outdated section of the city, which is all within short walking distance to one of the busiest transit corridors in Halifax.

The structural frames are constructed of reinforced concrete slabs, columns, and shearwalls. The project consists of two full levels of underground parking, each at 175,000 square feet in area, below two stories of ground level commercial and recreational facilities.  The low-rise podium structure consists of various rooftop terraces, gardens, and green spaces.  Five individual high-rise residential towers continue above the podium structure, which are 9, 12, 12, and 13 stories in height along with the signature 32-story tower.  BMR collaborated closely with our design partners at FBM Architecture and Interior Design to coordinate the ambitious vision of the building designers.

BMR’s services included concept design & coordination, design engineering and detailing of construction documents using finite element modelling and BIM collaboration, along with tender & construction administration services.

Key Points

  • Two levels of underground parking encompassing nearly the full building footprint of 200,000 square feet
  • Five individual high-rise towers up to 32 stories in height sharing a common podium structure
  • Integrated rooftop terraces, gardens, and green spaces supported by sloping slabs of varying complexity
  • Challenging shearwall design detailing to resist high lateral loads on residential towers