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Old October 14th, 2006, 02:27 AM   #1
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EnCana unveils The Bow - Calgary's newest tower

Foster + Partners spectacular design sculpts new lines across Calgary skyline

CALGARY, Alberta (October 12, 2006) - EnCana Corporation (TSX, NYSE: ECA) today filed a development permit application with the City of Calgary for the construction of The Bow, Calgary's newest office tower. EnCana, along with its architectural team led by Foster + Partners, unveiled the design for the spectacular 59-storey glass and steel office high-rise to be built in the heart of downtown Calgary.

Configured in the shape of a bow, the 1.7 million square foot tower is a striking creation that provides office occupants an expansive view of the surrounding environment - Rocky Mountains and the Bow River Valley to the west, the Canadian Prairies and Bow River to the east. Located between 5th and 7th Avenues between Centre and 1st Street S.E., the new building design features three interior garden atriums up the west face of the structure.

"We believe our dramatic new office tower will be a premier Calgary workplace, one that will enhance staff recruitment and retention while creating an energetic urban village in our city's core. Our people will enjoy multiple advantages by being housed in a single location along with amenities such as indoor gardens, a public outdoor space, complementary retail businesses and vibrant cultural venues. The innovative design of Foster + Partners will only enhance the EnCana work experience," said Randy Eresman, EnCana's President & Chief Executive Officer.

"Beyond the benefits to the EnCana workplace, we believe The Bow reflects the growing importance of our city and province from a business and cultural perspective. At EnCana, we are proud to play a role in adding exceptional architecture to our city skyline, as well as invigorating the centre of Calgary," Eresman said.

The Bow will set a new standard for environmental sustainability among high-rise offices in Canada. For example, the aerodynamic design of the crescent-shaped tower reduces the structure's wind load, thereby reducing the amount of structural material required and the surrounding turbulence. At the same time, the south-southwest orientation makes efficient use of the southern Alberta sun. The energy efficient design, which employs natural light and ventilation, is expected to reduce energy use by about 30 percent, compared to a conventional tower.

"EnCana's building project team has focused on creating a pleasant and efficient workplace that is tailored to support our individual business units. By initiating the design and development, we hope to bring greater certainty to our long-term occupancy costs in a competitive commercial real estate market. While we do not plan to own the building and we have conducted market research into selling it prior to the construction start, we do plan to be The Bow's long-term, principal tenant," said John Brannan, EnCana's building project executive lead.

EnCana hopes to receive development permit approval from the City of Calgary in the spring of 2007, and construction is expected to start shortly thereafter. EnCana plans to start occupying the building in the third quarter of 2010, with final occupancy in 2011.

Matthews Southwest of Toronto and Dallas is the lead project developer, managing site acquisition, architectural design, City of Calgary permits, and development planning strategy. Foster + Partners of London, England is the signature architect and Zeidler Partnership of Calgary is the project architect. In addition, EnCana retained Jeremy Sturgess of Calgary's Sturgess Architecture for the master planning of the streetscape and urban design.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 03:15 AM   #2
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Beautiful. Go Calgary!
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Old October 14th, 2006, 03:21 AM   #3
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Finally we get a design and rendering. I like it. Nicely done Calgary, it will be a jewel in the skyline.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 03:34 AM   #4
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This caught my eye in Google News this morning. I like the design -- if the cross bracing will actually be close to the render.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 04:01 AM   #5
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I knew it was a Foster's building since the first glance.The design seems average,like most of his projects.Let's wait for better renders to see more details.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 04:39 AM   #6
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Incredible! Very unique too!

This is awesome for Calgary AND the West.
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Old October 15th, 2006, 07:45 AM   #7
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The design seems average,like most of his projects.
What the hell?
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Old October 15th, 2006, 04:30 PM   #8
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I knew it was a Foster's building since the first glance.The design seems average,like most of his projects.Let's wait for better renders to see more details.
Foster...average....riiiiiiiiiight...
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Old October 15th, 2006, 05:51 PM   #9
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Not as tall as I had hoped,but a very nice landmark tower for Calgary.
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Old October 15th, 2006, 06:32 PM   #10
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I knew it was a Foster's building since the first glance.The design seems average,like most of his projects.Let's wait for better renders to see more details.
(Good one)

Since the first glance at the topic I thought it was Encarta Office
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wicked! love it and it will be perfect for calgary. maby this will put the boxy skyline rap to rest for good.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 06:53 AM   #13
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wow, this is a real beauty, I love the Toronto city hall feel, but in a more modern look, and it's better in every single way.

I know Calgary has a sweet skyline, but I never paid attention to the individual skyscrapers, now this one has the landmark status written all over it
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Old October 16th, 2006, 07:31 AM   #14
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Old October 16th, 2006, 09:10 AM   #15
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Fantastic tower
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Very, very nice!
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Old October 17th, 2006, 02:57 AM   #17
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Nice. It reminds me of Toronto City Hall mixed with the Hearst building in NYC.
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Superb. Finaly something without a spire that's truly original. please keep renderings coming if possible, i'm being curious about what seems to be the atrium doubling as a second skin inside out, also the pods with the greenery.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #19
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Love the greenery inside. Congrtz to calgarycitizens.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 07:50 PM   #20
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It's pretty but the interlaced triangles were just done at NYC's Hearst.

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