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
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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