The Top 30 Projects of the Last 30 Years

Ask 30 people to choose the top 30 construction projects in Alberta in the last 30 years, and you'll get 30 different answers. We asked you to help us come up with nominations, and you submitted well over 100.

On the next 47 pages, you'll find a sampling of the diverse projects built, renovated, or added onto in the past three decades. Some are big. Some are small. One thing is certain, though. Each is remarkably unique in its own way. (We didn't rank them, though we did number them to make each project easier to find.)

As an added bonus, we included 30 projects deserving of honourable mention.

Here are the Top 30:

Fly like an eagle: Canada Olympic Park ski jump tower

Big impact: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre

Skateboard heaven: Shaw Millennium Park

Putting the pieces together: Syncrude Upgrader Expansion Project

A marvel in Medicine Hat: The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Energy efficiency emphasized: Gulf Canada Square

The former "Red Square": Petro-Canada Centre

High above it all: Lethbridge water tower redevelopment

Music to their ears: Francis Winspear Centre for Music

Better known as the Butterdome: University of Alberta's Universiade Pavilion

On the fast track: Intuit Canada headquarters

Where sports rule: Talisman Centre

Easy on the environment: Water Centre

A shining example: Canmore Civic Centre

Shell's refining moment: Scotford Refinery

Reflecting the spirit: Alberta Temple restoration

Saddle up: Pengrowth Saddledome

Sharing the border: Sweetgrass-Coutts Border Crossing

Cementing a place in history: The Bow concrete pour

Biggest in North America: West Edmonton Mall

Downtown focal point: Calgary Municipal Building

Bringing palaeontology alive: Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Out of this world: Edmonton Space & Sciences Centre

Big research at the atomic level: National Institute for Nanotechnology building

Bright spot: Canada Place

Keeping animals-and motorists-safe: Banff animal overpasses

Bridging the gap: Dudley B. Menzies LRT Bridge

Difficult to destroy, easy to maintain: Calgary Remand Centre

Flying high: Albian Aerodrome

Moving Edmonton traffic: Anthony Henday Drive Southeast

Here are our 30 honourable mentions

Southern and Northern Jubilee auditorium renovations

Nexen Building (former Nova Building)

Bankers Hall

Obed Marsh Coal Preparation project

Calgary Courts

Alberta Children's Hospital

PCL Centennial Learning Centre

Shaw Conference Centre (former Edmonton Convention Centre) and Hall D expansion

Ice House

Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Albian Village

Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre

Grant MacEwan College City Centre Campus

McDougall Parkade

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre

Suncor Energy Inc.'s Millennium Coker Unit

South Fish Creek Recreation, Education and Library Complex

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel renovation

Lethbridge City Hall

CP head office relocation

McDougall School heritage renovation

Strachan Gas Plant - Liquid Sulphur Containment

CNRL Horizon Oil Sands Project

University of Calgary Information and Communication Technology Building

Destination Africa at the Calgary Zoo

Manulife Place

Ronald MacDonald House (Calgary)

Dragon City Mall

Canmore Nordic Centre

Edmonton and Calgary airport expansions, improvements

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