A construction milestone has been hit on what will be the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto. They’re now building up, after completing the pouring of concrete below ground on a four level parkade. The first few inches are above ground, of what will eventually be the 66 storey, 820 foot Stantec Tower.
“Stantec tower is above grade,” said Bob Gomes, Stantec CEO at a ceremony to mark the achievement.
“It will be taller than Brookfield Centre, the new office building in Calgary,” WAM Developments CEO Darren Durstling told reporters.
What makes it different is the combination of office tower and residential space. It’ll be 28 storeys below with Stantec taking 19 of them, one floor of mechanical, then 36 storeys of condos.
“It’s very rare for a company like Stantec to allow us to put the elevator shafts and cores through it to allow for residential go to above it,” Durstling said. “It’s very rare to see a mixed use tower like what you’re seeing with Stantec. It didn’t take that much of a push for us. The Katz Group and WAM are very progressive in thinking and looked at other models in different cities across Canada and the US. it exists, it’s just pretty rare here in Alberta.”
“This is an example of great Edmonton companies getting together,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “Like Stantec making a re-commitment to Edmonton as their world headquarters. This is a global class engineering and design firm that has chosen to stay in Edmonton.”
“They’re doubling down on a 66 storey building, designing it and building it themselves. It’s getting built by PCL which is another fantastic Edmonton success story.”
“It’s an absolutely fantastic feeling,” said Stantec senior VP Keith Shillington. “There’s been a building excitement with all of our staff since our original announcement and every one wants to start seeing this come out of the ground, so today’s a big day.”
“Summer of 2018 is our move in, so there’s still another couple of years to wait here but it will be fun to watch as it grows upwards,” Shillington said. “Over the next two weeks as you stand in the street you’ll be able to start seeing the building rise with the elevator core. PCL has their schedule and it’s been incredible what PCL has been doing in Ice District over all so that process will take the two and a bit years.”
The building at 103 st and 103 ave will face onto a planned plaza that will feed into Rogers Place. The plan calls for the Mariott Hotel to be 55 storeys and when the Greyhound Station was demolished, another 47 storey tower will be built there, Durstling said.
“If it was not for the arena we would not be standing here watching this tower go up.”
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment says the first major attraction in the ICE District will open its doors on the 7th of September, in a four-storey building beside the arena.
Grand Villa Edmonton will have 60,000 square feet of entertainment space, including 24 gaming tables, 600 slot machines, live music and seven dining options.
Gateway CEO Tony Santo says the investment of $32 million in the city’s economy will also result in up to 200 new permanent jobs.