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Plans for Edmonton’s tallest tower unveiled

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A new building will dominate Edmonton's skyline and be its tallest structure.
Plans for Edmonton’s tallest tower unveiled
Photo: Stantec

Stantec, a global design firm, and the Edmonton Arena District, a development joint venture between Katz Group and WAM Development Group, unveiled the design for Edmonton's tallest tower on the corner of 102 Street and 103 Avenue with Stantec as the anchor tenant.

"This is going to be a signature building. It's going to add an awful lot of activity on the street and it's going to change the skyline of Edmonton forever," said Mayor Don Iveson.

"This is going to transform perceptions of our community all across the country."

The 62-storey (224 metre) mixed-use tower will consolidate more than 1,700 Stantec employees into one location.

It will be the tallest tower in Edmonton, and will border the public plaza outside Rogers Arena.

"We are proud to have both our people and our designer's work play a role in enhancing the vibrancy of the Edmonton Arena District," said Bob Gomes, president and CEO of Stantec.

"Stantec,WAM Development Group, and Katz Group have deep roots in this city, and it's exciting to see the creativity of our companies come together to contribute to the revitalization of our downtown community."

Stantec is providing full architecture and engineering services for the new tower, and will be leasing 450,000 of the 600,000 square feet of commercial space.

The tower will be comprised of 26 floors of office space and 320 residential suites.

The tower's energy efficient design will target LEED Gold certification.

The design team is working to combine the structure and light to transmit the energy of the plaza upwards, creating a landmark for Edmonton's skyline.

"This new building will revolutionize the downtown landscape in Edmonton and will set expectations for future buildings in the city," said Darren Durstling, president and CEO of WAM Development Group.

"This tower is being designed, engineered and project managed entirely by Stantec, showcasing their vast capabilities and experience."

Construction will begin this fall, with completion expected in the summer of 2018. The Edmonton Arena District is anchored by a public plaza and the Rogers Place Arena.

The district will house an upscale hotel, two office towers, condominiums and rental apartments.

As well, the urban village will offer a variety of eateries, retail options including boutique shops, a grocery, pharmacy, and year-round entertainment and attractions.

by Russell Hixson

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