Muttart Conservatory Rehabilitation

Location: Edmonton, AB

The Muttart Conservatory is a botanical garden located in the Edmonton river valley, across from the downtown core. One of the best-known landmarks in the city, the conservatory consists of three city-operated greenhouses, public gardens, as well as four feature pyramids for display of plant species found across three biomes. Rehabilitation of the Muttart Conservatory including replacement of aging architectural finishes, and a full replacement of electrical and mechanical systems while maintaining plant infrastructure.

Graham was retained as the Construction Manager for the rehabilitation of the facility. The scope of work included pre-construction, construction, and post-construction services. The scope was heavily weighted to lifecycle repairs and upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems; with the intent to extend the lifespan of the facility and prevent catastrophic failure to building systems that could impact the delicate living assets housed within the pyramids and supporting greenhouses.

The rehabilitation work occurred during a complete Public Access closure of the building from July 2019, through December 2020. The facility maintained a group of staff that had a constant need for operational access to all growing spaces to maintain the plant life. The Graham team worked alongside the operational staff to ensure they were provided safe access and climate conditions were maintained.

Contract Value


Prime Consultant


Project Owner

City of Edmonton

Contract Format

Construction Management

Completion Date

December 2020

Contract Duration

49 months