Red Lion Hotel deconstruction begins this month

Progress on the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 project continues to move forward with the deconstruction of the Red Lion Hotel, formerly known as The Quay.
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The Quay first opened in 1960 and served as the premiere destination for local residents to hold celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays

VANCOUVER – Progress on the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 project continues to move forward with the deconstruction of the Red Lion Hotel, formerly known as The Quay. The building will be taken down as part of the continuing work to develop the waterfront into a lively destination for the community.

The Quay first opened in 1960 and served as the premiere destination for local residents to hold celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. The 163-room hotel was purchased by the Thunderbird/Red Lion company in 1973, where it was known as the Red Lion at the Quay until it was closed as a restaurant and hotel in 2015.

Keystone Contracting is performing the deconstruction and has already completed interior abatement, the removal of the roof and reconfiguration of electrical components. Beginning today, the contractors will finish the removal of the structure, with work taking place from west to east. Many of the deconstructed materials are being recycled or reused including the interior handrails, the 100-year-old timber beams and exterior windows, which will be used to make greenhouses.

“For years the Quay, and later, the Red Lion, served as an important gathering place where many memories were made,” said Julianna Marler, CEO of the Port of Vancouver. “Every major life event happened here, including proms, engagements, weddings and other milestones. But we’re making a place for new memories to be made with an active and dynamic waterfront for all people to enjoy.”

Terminal 1 is the port’s original marine terminal and signature waterfront redevelopment project. The location, right on the Columbia River immediately west of the I-5 bridge, welcomes visitors to the community and represents the area’s rich history and culture. Full build out of the site will include the AC Hotel by Marriott, office and retail space, public art, outdoor gathering areas, walking trails, and a public market featuring local artisans, fresh foods and restaurants. For more information, visit www.discoverterminal1.com.

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. 

For more information, visit www.portvanusa.com.

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