Featured Development: The Compass by Millennium Developments

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Written on February 2nd, 2023

The Compass is a pet-friendly condo development in Vancouver’s Olympic Village, originally built by Millennium Development and completed in 2009. Compass is part of Vancouver’s Olympic legacy: one of a cluster of buildings which served as the Athletes Village at the 2010 Winter Games. Today, this building remains a fantastic home for many people lucky to call this highly-desirable neighbourhood home.

Beautifully designed, thoughtfully appointed home

This 9-storey building offers 63 units in three earthy colourways ranging from light, medium and dark and respectively named Vancouver, Canada and World. Engineered hardwood flooring is used throughout the unit, with eco-wool carpeting in the bedrooms. The natural limestone-clad bathrooms feature water-saving dual flush toilets, along with Dornbracht polished chrome faucets and Eggersmann of Germany cabinetry.

Kitchens in the units feature a great complement of appliances such as Sub-Zero refrigerators with wine coolers, Panasonic microwaves, Energy Star-certified Miele appliances. There’s also a gas cooktop with a hood fan, along with a wall oven. There’s even a built-in coffee maker with a cup warming drawer!

An interesting factor in The Compass is how the building is integrated into the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU). The NEU is housed inside the False Creek Energy Centre, located a short walk away near the Cambie Street Bridge, and sustainably provides heat and hot water throughout the Olympic Village community (and beyond) by reclaiming thermal energy from wastewater. This ends up eliminating the need for individual boilers and furnaces in buildings and reducing the consumption of natural gas for heating. In 2023, the City of Vancouver is undertaking a drastic expansion of the NEU which will triple its energy capacity.

For those interested in further optimizing their power consumption and reducing their carbon footprint, the units include a feature called PowerTab. The PowerTab is installed in every home to assist residents in tracking and controlling their household energy and water consumption – which also helps to save money by understanding exactly what is being used and when.

Home automation technology also improves the living experience at Compass. A radiant capillary heating and cooling system is intelligently paired with automated exterior blinds and deep balconies to ensure comfort and to limit heat gain. There’s even motion sensors on the lights with multiple zones to help with power conservation. No need to worry about leaving your lights on when you go off to work!


Residents at the Compass can expect a wealth of amenities which are quite appealing and provide an enriched lifestyle experience.

  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Fitness centre
  • Large rooftop garden
  • Children’s playground
  • Car sharing on-site
  • Bike room

There’s also the Gold Medal Club. The Club is an exclusive residents-only amenity shared between other Millennium buildings on the same block. It’s more extensive than a single building’s amenities facilities. The Club boasts a spectacular 6,500 square foot private clubhouse which includes an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and change rooms, fitness centre, co-op car-sharing program, and hybrid car-charging facility. This complements the great room lounges offered in each residential building.

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