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:
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.
A true born-and-raised Albertan, Dub has built some of the most architecturally interesting buildings in the province, including Edmonton's city hall. Dub is probably most well known for the integration of existing and historic buildings into his designs, like the Shaw Building in downtown Edmonton and a series of apartment-style condo buildings formed around an old John Deere warehouse in the city's downtown core.
As a former mayor of Edmonton, Mandel has a long list of accomplishments, most notably the construction of a new arena for the Edmonton Oilers, the expansion of the LRT lines, the decommission of the City Centre Airport, and the implementation of the City Centre Redevelopment Plan.
Serving as Edmonton's mayor from 2004 to 2013, Mandel earned a reputation as a passionate champion for his city and for his candid reactions to his political foes' jibes. There's no question he has had a profound impact on the revitalization of downtown Edmonton and has left a lasting legacy on the city's infrastructure.
When Stelmach came into office in 2006, Alberta was enjoying a boom driven in large part by energy developments. Despite pressure from environmental groups, Stelmach took the stance that he would not impede the development of the oilsands. But not even "steady Eddie" could keep Alberta out of the red during the recession. Under Stelmach's premiership, the Alberta government had its first budget deficit in 16 years.
Internationally, Cardinal is best known for striking projects like the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que. But this Calgary-born architect's distinctive vision is evident throughout Alberta cities both big and small, and his early adoption of computer design in the 1960s helped push forward his entire profession. Defined by sweeping curvilinear forms, signature works like Grande Prairie Regional College and the Edmonton Space and Science Centre embody his philosophy that architecture must exist in harmony with its surroundings while still serving human needs. How fortunate that Cardinal believes beauty to be one of those necessities.
In 1977, Stollery signed the papers that created PCL Constructor Inc.'s famous employee ownership model, but that is just one milestone in a storied career. He helped build PCL into the nation's largest construction company, fought to bring home major industrial contracts like the Scotford Refinery, and left a philanthropic legacy throughout the province, including the children's hospital in Edmonton bearing his name. John Poole, former company owner, once said the smartest thing PCL ever did was hire Bob Stollery. Enough said.