Tiland/Schmidt Architects




Robertson & Olson Construction

It Takes A Village

Grand Central is one of the crowning jewels in the recent improvements that have happened in and around downtown Vancouver, WA. The area had been lacking in a grocery store for decades and with the addition of a full service Fred Meyer grocery store, along with other carefully selected retail amenities, Grand Central has provided a well-rounded platform that is key to downtown’s continued growth.

Location was critical to the success of this project from day one. Originally an obsolete industrial site, the property is conveniently located on Highway 14 just east of Interstate 5. We navigated a complex process to rezone the 14.5-acre site for retail use, opening up the opportunity to create a high quality, multi-building retail center with 190,000 square feet of development.

Grand Central creates a village-like atmosphere by incorporating well-designed pedestrian paths and welcoming plazas with original sculptures and outdoor seating. High quality brick, concrete and steel accents give a nod to the site’s industrial past. Pervious pavers and permeable concrete reduce runoff and help to manage stormwater on site. We enhanced access to existing pedestrian and bike trails that connect to the Columbia River waterfront, Fort Vancouver and the National Historic Reserve Trust. Grand Central has been a welcome addition for people living and working near downtown Vancouver and has received numerous awards of recognition.