2013 Institutional I Over $50M and Design

Project: Bow Valley College South Campus
Cost: $126 million
Location: 345 6 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alta.
Project delivery method: Construction management
Contractor: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.
Architect: GEC Architecture
Engineers: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (structural), Stantec Consulting Ltd. (mechanical), Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering Inc. (electrical)


Learning taken to a new level

Bow Valley College’s South Campus building is the 2013 winner of the Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects Awards in the Institutional—Over $50 Million and Institutional—Design categories.

The project is the first part of a comprehensive redevelopment agreement between the college and city to develop an entire city block known as “Block 40.”

Working on a constrained downtown site presented major challenges to construction crews as the building is directly adjacent to city hall, the Calgary Public Library and the Andrew Davison Building (former police headquarters). To complete the demolition of the former provincial courthouse without interfering with police-arrest processing and library deliveries, a detailed plan for a two-month demolition process was developed and successfully executed.

An aesthetically pleasing and functional design incorporates a number of decorative patterns that were inspired by cultures from across the globe, including Alberta’s First Nations. The motifs repeat throughout the building as wall coverings, ceiling panels and most prominently in the glazed features throughout the building’s facades. Designed to LEED Silver standards, the building incorporates water efficiency, energy optimization and daylighting.

The $126-million building, which was finished on time and on budget, includes approximately 26,000 square metres of functional space in a seven-storey space with three levels of underground parkade. In addition to new classrooms, laboratories and specialized learning centres, the South Campus houses administrative areas, food service facil­ities, a bookstore, a multi-faith centre, an Aboriginal Centre and a roof garden on the fourth level.

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