The top 35 people, projects and events that have changed Alberta's construction industry: Part 1

Today's construction industry has been shaped by years of booms and busts, technological advances and changing regulations. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Alberta Construction Magazine, we're taking a look at 35 of the people, projects and events that have made today's industry what it is. Here's a look at the people:

Andrew-Clark-2Andy Clark

The motto of Clark Builders is "one great person and one great project at a time." In 1974, Andy Clark was that one great person and the project was erecting pre-engineered buildings in Yellowknife. Forty years later, and the company has a staff of 700 of great people completing a huge number of great projects.

The top 35 people, projects and events that have changed Alberta's construction industry: Part 2

Today's construction industry has been shaped by years of booms and busts, technological advances and changing regulations. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Alberta Construction Magazine, we're taking a look at 35 of the people, projects and events that have made today's industry what it is. Here's a look at the projects:

ACM 110601 IMG 3732Art Gallery of Alberta

Yes, but is it art? Many Edmontonians asked that question of the Art Gallery of Alberta when it opened in 2010. Notable for the swirling 190-metre steel ribbon that runs through the structure, Randall Stout's evocative design provoked diverse reactions from residents, who debated the architectural merits of the $88-million project with a gusto hitherto unseen outside of design colleges. As an artistic statement, the building is as bold and imaginative as anything hanging on the walls inside.

The top 35 people, projects and events that have changed Alberta's construction industry: Part 3

Today's construction industry has been shaped by years of booms and busts, technological advances and changing regulations. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Alberta Construction Magazine, we're taking a look at 35 of the people, projects and events that have made today's industry what it is. Here's a look at the events:

Cancellation of the Voyageur upgrader

Suncor's $116-billion Voyageur upgrader began construction in 2007, at the height of the boom. Soon came labour shortages, rising costs and lower oil prices. And then, in 2008, the recession hit and all work on Voyageur stopped.
For five years, the Voyaguer site sat untouched—its foundations poured and modules sitting in storage—while a wave of light oil rolled in and stole the market. Having already spent millions of dollars on construction, Suncor made the tough decision to cancel the project, unintentionally killing work for many local construction companies and thousands of jobs for construction workers.

Edmonton's downtown arena begins construction after years of financial wrangling

“It has to be downtown.”

Those words, written in a 2008 report commissioned by the City of Edmonton, kick-started what would become seven years of debate, disagreement and occasionally even despair over the prospect of a new arena. Negotiations between city council and the elusive Daryl Katz, billionaire owner of the Edmonton Oilers, nearly fell apart several times. There were only two types of Edmontonians during those years: those who wanted a new arena, and those who wished the whole issue would disappear as quickly as the Oilers’ playoff hopes. (Better luck next year, Oil fans.)

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