Photo: Cadillac Fairview

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.

The project also stands out for its goal of achieving a LEED Platinum designation. In Canada, very few office towers have met the stringent standards to achieve that rating. Centennial Place became Alberta’s first major office tower to be certified LEED Platinum in the “Existing Buildings” category in January 2015, but it first earned LEED Gold certification for Core & Shell Development in 2010.

Contractor PCL chose sustainable energy sources for the office complex’s electrical demands. To facilitate the seamless management of information, the company developed an electronic plan room. Used by the entire project team, the electronic plan room allows members to receive updated information in real time. Upon completion of the project, PCL will hand over the plan room to Cadillac Fairview so it can manage daily operations.

Using a construction management model, PCL worked closely with the owner Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. Although they have teamed up before in other centres, the project is their first new office development in Calgary. The construction management model worked well for this project and Calgary City Centre is ahead of schedule and under budget. Substantial completion is scheduled for November 2015.

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