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Old November 2nd, 2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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EDMONTON | The Edmontonian | 278m | 71 fl | Pro

71-storey Edmontonian would dominate city skyline








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As an impending construction boom promises to push the skyline of this city up, one Edmontonian could be standing particularly tall.

A 71-storey building, dubbed The Edmontonian, is in the early planning stages for a parcel of land at 10525 101st St. If the project is built to its current specifications, at 278 metres it would be the tallest tower in the West and second tallest in the country, after Toronto’s 298-metre First Canadian Place.

It would dwarf Edmonton’s tallest building and prospective neighbour, the 149.35-metre Epcor Tower.

The reigning giant in the West is Calgary’s Bow Tower, which opened in June at 236 metres. However, ground was broken Wednesday in on Brookfield Place East, a 247-metre building scheduled to open in 2018.

“Oh yeah, we wanted to beat Calgary,” said Sherwood Park architect Terry Hartwig, whose firm first designed The Edmontonian as a 41-storey tower, about six years ago.

In the past eight months, as the nearby downtown arena project gained approval and the City Centre Airport closure was confirmed, eliminating building height restrictions, plans changed a couple of time to incorporate more floors, eventually finishing at 71.

“It could be a trend,” Hartwig said of the upward movement. “Certainly, the redevelopment of the airport lands and the closing of the airport has allowed us to do this. But the arena, that’s no secret, it was the impetus for us.”

That, and the competitive aspirations of the project developer, Edmonton-based BCM Developments.

“It’s largely the client’s ambition pushing the height; getting the record for the tallest building in Western Canada,” said Erik Lomeland, project leader for Hartwig Architecture.

Ali Iozzo, sales manager for BCM Developments, said his company is happy with the scale of the project but wasn’t adamant that it be the tallest building in Western Canada.

“Is it important? I’m not sure. It would be nice to have a big, tall building, as long as it is not cost prohibitive to build. We initially had a plan for 53 storeys and the architect came back with a plan to densify it at 71.”

The Edmontonian plans call for 296 condo units, office space and a 270-room, five-star hotel. Iozzo said BCM is in negotiation with two major hoteliers. Situated as it would be, near the downtown arena, it would seem a likely destination for visiting National Hockey League teams.

The target market for the condo units

“We’ll be targeting the upwardly mobile, young professionals. That’s really out marketplace. What we’ve got is a unique product and it will be marketed in a unique way.”

He said the Edmonton Design Committee was impressed with the project, but has yet to give its full approval. Hartwig echoed those comments, saying the committee members were surprised by the scale of the building.

“As one guy said, ‘wow, that’s big,’” Hartwig said. “The others were saying, ‘I’ve got to get my head around that.’ And some people said the site is too small to handle that size of building. But it can handle it. It’s a narrow, tall building. It’s a small floor plate.”

Projects like this have to move through the rezoning and design phases, then receive development and building permits before construction can begin.

“The Edmontonian is very, very early stage,” said Scott Mackie, manager of the City of Edmonton’s current planning branch. “There has been a pent-up demand (for tall residential towers). There are a number of 20-plus storey applications in place and more coming on stream. We’re really excited about the level of interest from builders and developers in downtown.”

A proposed automated parking system for 555 vehicles will employ computer-controlled, motorized lifts. The design also incorporates two sky gardens and an observation deck atop the building.

“You’ll be able to get a grand look at the Edmonton prairie and probably see from Fort McMurray to Calgary,” Lomeland said, chuckling.
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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Nice design...
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 07:20 AM   #3
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I guess it was just a matter of time before Edmonton started building tall. Looks like Edmonton is tired of Calgary getting all the attention.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 09:58 AM   #5
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It's going to need a few ~200 meter friends on nearby blocks.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 11:09 PM   #6
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I actually saw another 200 meter-ish new proposal in Edmonton. So it might not dwarf the skyline that much, this is amazing go Edmonton.
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Looks promising!
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Old November 10th, 2013, 10:07 AM   #8
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It's going to need a few ~200 meter friends on nearby blocks.
It will, but Edmonton's also a very wealthy and rapidly growing city. I'd be shocked if this remained the only tall building for long.
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Edmonton's just getting started!
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now that the airport is closed and the height restrictions lifted, Edmonton will start to go vertical.
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It didn't take them long. The airport closed November 1st and the next day this gets posted.
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