Federal Building Receives Urban Design Award

Prestigious honour recognizes "commitment to design excellence"

EDMONTON, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The Federal Building and new public plaza redevelopment has received an Award of Excellence in the Civic Design category at the 2011 Edmonton Urban Design Award Competition. Hosted by The City of Edmonton in conjunction with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the awards recognize and promote urban design and architectural excellence that enhance the quality of life within the City of Edmonton.

Owned by the Alberta government, the Federal Building (FB) is a 10-storey, Art Deco-style facility located on the northeast corner of the Alberta Legislature Grounds in Edmonton. Designed in 1939 by prominent local architect George Heath MacDonald and built in the late 1950's, this symbol of historical architecture has sat vacant since 1989. The FB is now being dramatically repurposed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd (Kasian), with Moriyama and Teshima Architects providing plaza and urban design services. Clark Builders are responsible for construction management.

This mixed use facility will provide engaging new offices and gathering spaces for Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and staff from the Legislative Assembly Office (LAO). It will also house staff from several Government of Alberta departments. A new west entry two-storey 'pavilion' will feature a large gathering space with cafe, dining, retail and access to the new Visitor Centre and Gift Shop. A 650-stall underground parkade will replace existing surface parking lots and facilitate the development of a new public plaza, to reconnect the existing building to the legislature grounds. This will provide year-round recreational opportunities for all Albertans. Designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED ®) Gold standards, this $275-million redevelopment will create a focal point for economic growth and provide a unique symbol of government accessibility for the 21st Century.

About Kasian

Kasian is one of the top 100 architecture, interior design and planning firms in the world. Our goal is to create award-winning spaces and sustainable environments for people everywhere.

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For further information:

Honor Morris
Kasian Media Relations Manager
604.631.8205
honor.morris@kasian.com

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