Top Projects 2011: Commercial/Runner-Up

EPCOR Tower, and The Enjoy Centre

EPCOR TOWER

The $335-million EPCOR Tower is the first new office tower in Edmonton's core in two decades.

The tower is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold with features like high-performance glass to reduce heat loss and gain. Designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., the envelope includes balconies-a rarity in office buildings and a nice change for occupants who can also enjoy the spacious feeling of 13'6" floor-to-floor heights.

The project included the installation of an LRT line under the four-level parkade before the construction of the tower foundation and parkade. Although the logistics of building downtown are always challenging, the tower was completed three months ahead of schedule.

Construction manager Ledcor Construction reports that the primary trades provided design-assist services and enhanced value to the construction design team. AECOM Canada Ltd. provided structural, mechanical and electrical services. EIDOS Consultants Incorporated provided landscape services, and Thurber Engineering Ltd. was responsible for the geotechnical work.

THE ENJOY CENTRE

Envisioned as a "destination that is about living and life, not just gardening," the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert, Alta., owned by the Hole family of Hole's Greenhouses & Gardens, is an exciting and unique addition to the province.

Designed by Ernst Von Meijenfeldt of EVMPA Architecture, the building works with the landscape, with visitors moving down toward the entrance and, once inside, up toward the light and spectacular views. Sustainability was key to the 242,000-square-foot project. It was built using green construction methods and includes energy-saving and water-management features as well as rooftop garden modules. The project provides space for a number of retailers as well as a 1,300-square-metre event space with a nine-metre-high glass roof.

General contractor McLean Young Construction Ltd. in Edmonton, Clark Engineering (mechanical), KSJ Engineering & Projects Pvt. Ltd. (electrical) and Eadie Engineering Inc. (structural) brought their expertise to bring the innovative concept to life.


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