University of Calgary Downtown Campus

Location: Calgary, AB

This project consisted of repurposing the existing 8th and 8th Health Building in downtown Calgary to accommodate the University of Calgary’s Downtown Campus, including: 17 flexible, general-purpose classrooms; two computer classrooms; 42 seminar/meeting/breakout rooms; 10 multipurpose rooms; a bookstore; and a library.

Phase One included asbestos abatement; demolition of all interior and exterior components; reinforcement of existing structural components; partial removal of the structure to accommodate new floor plans; extension of the structure; and raising the roof structure to accommodate a new two-storey internal atrium. Unique architecturally, half of the envelope consists of curtain wall, and the other half is black zinc shingle cladding with a curved façade and punched windows.

Phase Two involved interior tenant work including the entire fitout of all six floors and the basement. Phase Three was an update of the adjacent parkade including structural upgrades, re-surfacing, revamping of the mechanical and electrical systems, and the design and installation of a Ned Khan exterior screening system comprising 4,800 individual stainless steel ‘flappers’ that move independently, creating unique and random patterns and reflections in the wind.

The building achieved LEED® Silver.

Contract Value

$35M CAD

Prime Consultant

Marshall Tittemore Architects (now MTA Urban Design Architecture Interior Design)

Project Owner

University of Calgary and 906 – 8th Avenue SW GP Inc

Contract Format

Construction Management

Completion Date

June 2011

Contract Duration

30 months (including pre-construction)