The Amazing Brentwood, Vancouver

SHAPE Properties selected Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group to design the mechanical engineering services of a new 8-acre lifestyle shopping mall—with two residential towers—adjacent to an existing mall in Burnaby, British Columbia. Tetra Tech was also selected to provide acoustics engineering services for the Food Court of the mall.


  • Size: 28 acres
  • Construction Cost: CAD$1.48 billion (USD$1.11 billion)
  • Client: SHAPE Properties
  • Architects: James KM Cheng Architects, Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, and Stantec Architecture 
  • Contractor: Axiom
  • Completion Date: 2019


The development is adjacent to a SkyTrain station—a strategic location for potential tenants. Tetra Tech was brought onboard for its track record on previous successful projects and good relationship with the client. The transit-orientated project development will have six levels of parking below grade and as retail and residential areas above grade. The shopping mall will have a cinema, a gym, and several retail tenancies.

Coordinating services to suit the end user before having enough information on the potential tenants had been a key challenge for the team. Tetra Tech was able to overcome this through timely planning, proper coordination, and appropriate adjustments to suit tenants that would come in.

Tetra Tech’s acoustical team was tasked with introducing design measures that mitigated mechanical noise and improved acoustical quality within Brentwood Town Center’s food court. The acoustical solutions work within the intended designed high height and exposed ceilings that require theatre quality acoustics.

By utilizing the in-house developed software to predict perceived noise within the seating area and working closely with the design team, the design for the food court provides exceptional acoustical quality for its patrons. Tetra Tech’s acoustics team achieved this result by working closely with our internal mechanical design team.

We worked closely with SHAPE Properties, IBI Group Architect, and GH+A Design Studios to focus solutions on the end-user experiences and expectations of the facilities.

Tetra Tech’s internal collaboration between the acoustics and mechanical engineering ensured all mechanical systems noise was addressed prior to the construction. This contributed to time and cost savings in project delivery and on-site constructability.

The acoustical solutions implemented at Brentwood Town Center’s food court will lead to improved occupant satisfaction with their exceptional eating experience.

Results and Innovations
Tetra Tech designed a system similar to a district energy structure; this mechanical plant serves both the mall and residential towers—which has become a utility provider as an end result.

The strong collaboration between all the consultants, contractors, and developer has been the backbone of the project. Together with the general contractor EllisDon, the architect Stantec Architecture, the electrical consultant Nemetz and the mechanical contractor Fred Welsh, meeting the client’s expectations was a success.

The aim for residents who can enjoy local amenities and feel like their fundamental needs are within their grasp—an innovative modern lifestyle—has been delivered. Brentwood Town Center was not only beneficial to the client, but to people within the community in terms of the amenities available for them, making it a more desirable area.

Work Performed and Solutions
Tetra Tech is assisting SHAPE Properties in Phase 1 of this mall project; part of which is coordinating services to suit the end user prior to knowing the end user’s requirements. This means that there is a certain amount of flexibility in the design for the retail section. Tetra Tech’s ability to design with the end user in mind helped in the process. In the design of the residential towers, Tetra Tech provided cost-effective solutions for SHAPE Properties.

Images courtesy of SHAPE properties