With a glass facade that overlooks Vancouver's waterfront, backed by the glimmering city skyline and the mountains in the distance, the Vancouver Convention Centre is renown not only for its coveted location, exceptional design, and state-of-the-art facilities but also as one of the world's most energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious convention centers. The east building sits alongside Canada Place, originally built for the Vancouver's World Exposition in 1986, while the West Building was added in 2009 and boasts an LEED Platinum Certification. The grand events center is topped by Canada's largest living roof, a self-sustaining grassy landscape that mirrors the native habitat of coastal British Columbia and even harbors four colonies of bees. The living roof is just one of the center's numerous environmentally-friendly initiatives but is easily its most intriguing. Across these two buildings, the Vancouver Convention Center boasts a total event space of 43,340 square meters (466,500 square feet), divided between ballrooms, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, pre-function spaces and outdoor pavilions, complete with the latest technologies and quality service from professional staff. Each year, the center hosts over 500 events of varying scale, catering to thousands of guests with ease.