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Northeastern University announces Vancouver campus at 400 West Georgia

Boston-based Northeastern University has announced its moving into the upcoming office tower at 400 West Georgia, developed by Westbank and Allied.

The university is currently based in temporary headquarters at 333 Seymour Street, and will move to the upcoming 24-storey office tower when it opens in 2021.

Vancouver’s booming tech scene and its need for skilled workers is one of the reasons Northeastern University has its eye on Vancouver. The new campus will be across the street from Amazon’s new office building at The Post — where up to 3,000 workers will be based.

400 West Georgia office space
Office space. Credit: Merrick Architecture
Glass floor
Glass floor. Credit: Merrick Architecture
400 West Georgia rendering lobby
Lobby rendering. Credit: Merrick Architecture
400 West Georgia rendering
Rendering of 400 West Georgia. Credit: Merrick Architecture

“There’s a need for computer scientists here, and it’s explicit,” says Steve Eccles, regional chief executive officer and dean of the Vancouver campus. “We’re tightly aligned with that need. Because we’re driven by experiential learning, we’ll be putting graduates into those high technology jobs who are going to be extremely well prepared and road-tested through co-op.”

The Vancouver campus offers a master’s of computer science, and something called the “Align,” — a master’s of computer science for people who did not study in the computing field as undergraduates.

Northeastern University will join Deloitte and co-working company Spaces at 400 West Georgia. Apple has also reportedly leased 60,000 sq ft. of space in the new tower.

400 West Georgia was designed by Japan-based OSO Design and Vancouver-based Merrick Architecture.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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