Imagine the possibilities: our submission for a new Civic Office Tower
We had already been looking at this site in particular, when the Request For Expressions of Interest came from the City of Edmonton for a new Civic Tower. We knew that the responses this RFEI would prompt from the development community would be fairly predictable. This is where we saw an opportunity. An opportunity to not only throw our hat in the ring and show what our team can do, but also to raise the bar and expectations in the community. Whether our submission is selected or not, we hope to show Edmontonians what could be built and what we think should be built for a new Civic Office Tower.
Here are some of the key concepts that we want to highlight:
1) It is important to maintain the downtown core along the historic main street of Jasper Avenue. This location could provide an eastern gateway to the core and stand as an iconic landmark along the city’s beautiful river valley.
2) A project in this location could be a catalyst and spark more development in The Quarters.
3) Sustainability and energy efficiency are paramount.
4) Open government is not only important in terms of information sharing, but its importance can also be translated to the built form. The City of Edmonton’s commitment to open government and transparency would become clearly illustrated through the raised civic rooms and their accessibility to the public.
Click HERE if you want to read more from our submission, and understand the context of the conceptual design.
We chose Taymoore Balbaa and Chris Wong from Atelier3AM as our partners for this submission because they get it and they get us. They are brilliant architects whose values and visions for the built environment align with the type of projects we want to develop. We are very excited to work with them and look forward to partnering with them for many years to come.
Like other North American cities, Edmonton is changing whether we like it or not. Several industries are adapting and embracing the opportunities, while others are not. The development and construction industry has historically been slow to embrace change, and that is not necessarily specific to Edmonton. We, the development industry, need to rise up to the challenges of the new market and start raising the bar. And Edmontonians need to help by demanding more for their built environment and public spaces.