Top Projects 2015: Taylor Centre For The Performing Arts

Project of the Year 

Institutional—Over $50 Million

Skill and careful planning are undoubtedly crucial to building a top project, but patience may be the defining virtue of the 2015 Project of the Year, the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts at Mount Royal University. First conceived back in 1999, the project broke ground in 2011, and construction continued until it was completed—on schedule and on budget, it should be note—earlier this year. In August, the curtain officially rose on the first new performance hall in Calgary in three decades.

Top Projects 2015: Gilead Sciences New Laboratory

Sustainability (TIE) 

Industrial—Under $50 Million

With a mandate to help expedite the development of new pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences New Laboratory embodies the contemporary design, sustainability and functionality you would expect from an innovative biopharmaceutical company. 

Top Projects 2015: Calgary City Centre

Commercial—Over $50 Million

Located in Calgary’s Eau Claire district, Calgary City Centre stands out as a top project because of the sheer scale of the project. The 36-storey, 1.2-million-square-foot office tower includes a three-storey podium and also has a five-storey underground parkade. Calgary City Centre links to the +15 walkway network with two enclosed bridges connecting it to adjacent buildings.

Top Projects 2015: Simmons Building

Commercial—Under $50 Million

Built in 1912, the Simmons Building served as a factory warehouse for a national bedding manufacturer. Following the post-war years, the building sat empty for decades before Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) took on the restoration project as a part of a public infrastructure initiative to kick-start Calgary’s urban renewal.

Top Projects 2015: United Construction Head Office

Commercial—Under $50 Million (TIE)

United Construction’s head office at Acheson serves two purposes: to give potential clients an introduction to the quality, skill and complexity of construction services that the company can provide, and to give employees a comfortable and productive work environment. The $2.5-million office, completed on time and on budget using a design-build project management approach, scores in both categories by delivering an architecturally unique design with a variety of occupant-friendly features.

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