Before I lived in Japan, I lived in Edmonton. And now I’m back. During the eleven years that I was away, a lot had changed. And the biggest changes are happening now. There are massive construction projects going on. In this first part of my Edmonton tour, I’ll show you some major construction projects downtown.
The biggest one is the ICE District. One of the centrepieces of this project is Rogers Place, the new home of the Edmonton Oilers. They’re going to start playing there this fall.
Can you imagine walking up these stairs?
A bit further west, there’s this office building. It’s pretty narrow, but from what I’ve seen of the rendering, it’s a lot of glass.
Moving back to the ICE District, here is the office for the project. Inside, there’s a model of the project, which you can see as the glowing buildings in the window. The three tallest towers will be the three tallest buildings in the city. The tallest will be the tallest building in Canada outside Toronto at 251 metres tall. It’ll be the headquarters of Stantec and above that, condominiums. Can you imagine living in the penthouse?
While walking east, I came upon the Fox towers. The one on the right is finished, while the one on the left is under construction.
This building, Ultima, was recently completed. Looks pretty tall and pretty good.
Back to the ICE District. Here is the main construction site for the Stantec tower and the hotel. Lots of cranes and a big hole in the ground.
There’s a tower that’s been topped out. It’s the City of Edmonton Tower, and will house a lot of offices for the city.
A close-up reveals a gentle curve.
I went up into a parkade across the street to get this photo. It looks much bigger in person. This is where the Stantec and hotel towers will go.
You can see the location of Rogers Place in relation to the hole.
And here’s the City of Edmonton Tower from the other side. You can see the curve here, too.
In the heart of the financial district is the Kelly-Ramsey Building. This office tower is on the site of a historic building that burned down.
Luckily, they were able to save the outside of the building, took it apart brick by brick, and then rebuilt it as part of the podium of the tower.
And that is all I managed to get. There are several other construction sites, most notably the Royal Alberta Museum.
Next time, I’ll give you a tour of the skyscrapers I saw in the early part of my walk.
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