Top Project 2008: Industrial


The start-up this year of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s $9.3-billion Horizon Oil Sands Project has been one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for the global petroleum industry.

Top Projects 2008: Commerical/Winner


It wasn't long ago that a walk along portions of Edmonton's Jasper Avenue would leave you feeling a bit dreary and lifeless. Now, projects like the $12.6-million Cecil Place development at the corner of Jasper Avenue and 104 Street are giving the street a sense of vitality that has been missing for years.

For urban dwellers, that has to be welcome news.

General contractor Clark Builders explains that in an attempt to interpret the past while still complementing neighbouring historical buildings, the thinking behind the exterior architecture of the commercial project had its focus on improving the appearance of the downtown core. The result was the creation of a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere around what had once been the old Cecil Hotel.

The most noticeable change in the building's structure and appearance is the Sobey's grocery store on the main floor. It's a welcome, bright, colourful addition.

The inclusion of a grocery store is a concept modelled after European markets-the urban grocery boutique-specifically geared towards downtown residents. In fact, Sobey's has partnered with the local farmer's market, which operates on Saturdays during part of the year on the same street.

In addition to the grocery store, Cecil Place offers two levels of Class A office space within the building's 80,000 sq. ft. Despite all four sides of Cecil Place being surrounded by streets, buildings, or lanes, Clark Builders was able to finish the project within 14 months. It's not the first time Clark had to deal with a similar challenge; it was working on the University of Alberta's Enterprise Square development just east on Jasper at the same time.

The architect on the Cecil Place project was Arndt Tkalcic Architecture. Also playing key roles were Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers (structural), Kroening Consultants Ltd. (mechanical), and Wasnea Mah Engineering Ltd. (electrical).


This year marked the competition and grand opening of the $145.6-million Livingston Place office development in downtown Calgary.

If you've never seen Livingston Place, the project consists of two towers and includes parking, retail and a large outdoor plaza. Phase 1 includes a 504-stall underground parkade, a 21-storey, 440,000 sq. ft office building, and public plaza. Phase 2 includes a 22-storey, 440,000 sq. ft office building The development derives its architectural inspiration from the nearby river valley and features the largest area of green space associated with any downtown commercial building in the city of Calgary, according to owner Bentall Real Estate Services.

EllisDon Construction Services Inc. was the general contractor. The consulting engineers were Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (structural), Emans, Smith Andersen Engineering Ltd. (mechanical), and Mulvey & Banani International (Alberta) Inc. (electrical). The architectural firm was Gibbs Gage Partnership.


Hampton Market, the new $18.6-million shopping centre on Edmonton's west side, has a distinctive West Coast feel grounded by a locally derived colour scheme. Abbarch Architecture Inc. provided distinctive yet elegant touches evoking life on the beach, such as sunshades and canopies, which give the building a unique profile against the prairie skyline. Rich browns and classic black accents reflect the colours that residential developers use in the surrounding communities.

The centre is home to several banks and restaurants as well as two anchor stores, Save-On-Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart. To accommodate tenant schedules, general contractor Norson Construction Ltd. built around a laddered schedule of completion dates. Careful project management ensured each tenant was able to open on schedule.

Consulting engineers were Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (structural), Yoneda & Associates (mechanical), Falcon Engineering Ltd. (electrical), and JMA Engineering (civil).


A $20-million project by Ledcor Construction Ltd. in Edmonton's West Link Business Park involved the design and construction of a four-storey, 80,000 sq. ft structure for Finning (Canada).

The building itself includes a floor plan that emphasizes natural lighting for offices and meeting rooms. The project also involved construction of a full-service commercial kitchen. The cafeteria/staff area was designed with movable partitions that allow the area to operate as a single space for large group functions. And though it was not built with LEED certification in mind, the building does contain many energy saving features, such as energy efficient windows, low-flush toilets, and handsfree fixtures.

The project reclaimed more than 4.5 acres of industrial land, which meant contaminated soil had to be removed and the site had to be tested to allow future work to continue.

HIP Architects designed the building. Consulting engineers included Reed Jones Christoffersen, Stantec, and Beaubien Glover Maskell Engineering.

Top Projects 2008: Institutional/Winner


A lover of words and the great outdoors, the late Honourable Lois Hole, former lieutenant governor of Alberta, would be proud of the library that bears her name. The 25,238 sq. ft, $10-million Lois Hole Library is the greenest library in Edmonton and will ensure that the west end's rapidly growing population has access to books and other materials for years to come.

Top Projects 2008

18 of Alberta's finest construction projects

Alberta's top construction projects for 2008 show the diversity of an industry that's run at a feverish pace for the better part of this decade. That's no small feat, given the lack of skilled labour, inflationary considerations, and big price hikes for such basics as steel and concrete.

The bright side of building renovation

Other than the fact that it's obviously been renovated, an old building on 81st Avenue between 104th and 105th streets in Edmonton probably wouldn't catch your eye. But wait, could that awning just above the first floor windows actually be a set of solar panels? And are those solar panels on the roof as well?

Yes and yes.

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