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Lakeview Square Parkade

Address:343 York Avenue
Use:Parking Garage
Original Use:Parking Garage
Constructed:1973
Other Work:1991, Structural framing alteration
Architects:Libling Michener and Associates
Firms:Libling Michener and Associates
Engineers:Crosier Greenberg & Partners
Contractors:Bird Construction Co. Ltd.

More Information

Both a clever design and an innovative engineering solution, the Lakeview Square Parkade is a large modern underground parking garage that is hidden beneath the towering residential/commercial complex of Lakeview Square. Constructed of reinforced concrete, parking is accessed via a system of ramps, with five underground levels accommodating parking for 512 vehicles.

The parkade services all of Lakeview Square --the Holiday Inn, three office buildings, a Japanese garden and two Holiday Towers apartment blocks. Access to the parkade is off York Avenue, sited beneath the Japanese Garden, bound on three sides by multi-level structures. The garden was created through the cooperation of the Government of Japan, the Setagaya Ward of the City of Tokyo, the Province of Manitoba and the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg, and features plantings of various heights, a dry creek bed and a small bridge. The park opened in 1974 to commemorate Winnipeg's affiliation with its sister-city Setagaya.

Design Characteristics

  • Parkade plan: 28,979 sq. ft. (2,692.15 sq. m)
  • Gross floor area: 109,904 sq. ft. (10,210.08 sq. m)
  • No. of parking stalls: 512
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  • The structural mass of reinforced concrete in a system of decks, ramps and columns reaching five storeys underground, but with its entrance one block south off York, it is otherwise entirely invisible

Sources

  • Don Atkinson, "Centre prompts further development," Winnipeg Tribune, August 19, 1973. [Report of an interview with Jack Levit, president of Lakeview Development Ltd., on the completion of the Lakeview Square and the status of the company's other downtown plans and projects.]
  • Elaine Brown, "Lakeview Plans $50 Million for Downtown Area," Winnipeg Free Press, July 10, 1973. [Progress report on Lakeview Square]
  • Martin Cash, "Chain turning sod for hotel in Brandon" and "Story so Far," The Winnipeg Free Press, October 16, 1998, p. B5. [Story about Lakeview group of companies, including a brief historical sketch of the Lakeview Group of companies.}
  • "Con-Force 25 Years: A Tradition of Progressive Leadership -- Highlights of Con-Force Success," Western Construction and Industry, 26, 3 (May 1974), pp. 14-27.
  • "Construction Imminent as Downtown Development Plans Crystallize," Greater Winnipeg Industrial Topics, 30, 7 (December 1970), pp.2-3. [Overview of Convention Centre and Lakeview Square projects.]
  • Wally Dennison, "Developer's past yields dividends," Winnipeg Free Press, August 23, 1985, p. 24 [Profile of Sam Linhart, one of the principals in the Lakeview Group of Companies.]
  • "Fifty Million Dollar Downtown Plan Announced," Manitoba -- Canada's Number One Sun (formerly Manitoba Industry and Commerce Bulletin), 22, 7 (October 1970), pp. 14-16. [Overview of Convention Centre and Lakeview Square projects.]
  • "$50-million Project Will Spur Construction, Tourist Industries," Manitoba Business Journal, 6, 8 (September 1970), pp. 12-14. [Overview of Convention Centre and Lakeview Square projects.]
  • Greater Winnipeg Industrial Topics, 28, 7 (September 1968) [Article on Lakeview Development Ltd.'s role as a developer of industrial and office space for lease.]
  • "Lakeview Acheives Full Diversification within its market," Western Construction and Industry, 25, 10 (November/December 1973), pp. 13-19.
  • "Lakeview Development Inaugurates Winnipeg's Downtown Development Plan With Holiday Inn Start," Greater Winnipeg Industrial Topics, 31, 5 (october 1971), pp. 4-5.
  • "Lakeview Square," Western Construction and Industry, 25, 10 (November/December 1973), pp. 4-8, 10-12.
  • "Lakeview Square," Winnipeg Industrial Topics, 36, 6 (December 1976), pp. 4-5.
  • "Lakeview Square Reaches To The Top," Western Construction and Industry, 24, 9 (November/December 1972), p. 44.
  • Jonas Lehrman, "Downtown Winnipeg: A Need for New Goals," The Canadian Architect, 20, 6 (June 1975), pp. 45-54.
  • [Contains a detailed analysis of downtown planning and development.]
  • Philip Mathias, "Winnipeg rolls up development sleeves," Financial Post, December 19, 1970, p. 18
  • "Metro begins to implement downtown development plan," Winnipeg Tribune, May 30, 1970, [Report on proposed Lakeview development, with a focus on the holiday Inn component.]
  • "Progress at Lakeview Square," Winnipeg Development News (June 1973), published in Winnipeg Industrial Topics, 33, 3 (june 1973).
  • Paul Sullivan, "Levit high-risers send downtown core soaring," Winnipeg Free Press, June 3, 1978, pp. 39, 43. [Role on the role of Lakeview companies in projects such as Lakeview Square, Rupertsland Square, and Colony Square.]
  • "The New Heart of Winnipeg," Motorways Miler #4 (December 1974), pp. 9-10. [from Winnipeg Public Library, St.James Branch, verticle file on "Winnipeg -- Growth and Development.]
  • University of Manitoba Libraries, Dept. of Archives and Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune, Subject Clipping Research Files, Microfilm Roll #32, file on "Construction 1963-1974."
  • University of Manitoba Libraries, Dept. of Archives and Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune, Subject Clipping Research Files, Microfilm Roll #76, file on "Lakeview Development Ltd. 1970-1980."
  • University of Manitoba Libraries, Dept. of Archives and Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune, Subject Clipping Research Files, Microfilm Roll #161, file on "Winnipeg Convention Centre 1968-1974"
  • "Winnipeg Developer Thinks Big," Manitoba Business Journal, 3, 1 (August/September 1966), pp. 64-66. [Profile of Jack Levit, president of Lakeview Development Ltd.]

Locations of Supporting Information

  • City of Winnipeg Archives

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