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.

While those challenges may sound like a broken record-after all, many of them are just part of the landscape of doing business in Alberta in the 2000s-the fact is that coming up with solutions while making sure the wheels don't fall off a project is truly something to be proud of.

This year, Alberta Construction Magazine received a variety of nominations for its annual Top Projects feature from a range of sources, including developers, project managers, architects, and others. The projects ranged from the small-small being relative, as projects had to be $5 million or over to be considered-to multi-million and-billion-dollar industrial jobs.

To recap the rules:

The project must be situated within the province.

The project must be substantially completed in this calendar year.

Construction costs have to be valued at $5 million or greater.

A company could nominate only two projects in each category.

Taken into account during the judging were design functionality and appearance; construction process (on time, on budget, innovative tools or building methods, etc.); use of unique or innovative construction materials; project delivery method (stipulated bid, design-build, construction management, etc.), and any other features that made the project stand out.

This year we decided to choose three runner-up projects in addition to an overall winner for each category. However, as it turned out the entries in two categories, civil and institutional, were so outstanding that we decided to name four runners-up for each.

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