Booming Tower Construction in Downtown Edmonton

Edmonton is buzzing with new construction, particularly, modern, state-of-the-art building construction by architect, Gene Dub as well as new condominium towers by Westrich Pacific Corp.

Architect, Gene Dub, has a modern and nearly finished project the he has designed, while finally beginning expedited work on the “re-build” of Edmonton’s post-war, Charles Camsell Hospital. He is converting the hospital shell into 230 residential units in the Westmount area.

But of more recent significance, and garnering much acclaim, is the almost complete 10-storey office tower that Dub has placed across from the MacEwan University Campus in the Ice District.

Dub’s finished Ice District project will be named, “The Edge”. Of great note, is that “The Edge” has one entire North wall of windows that rely on natural light to reduce consumption of energy. This building is particularly unique because the South side of it is covered entirely by solar panels. Apparently, this will be the largest, vertical solar wall in Canada. Dub states, “You have enough power generated by those panels to power up 26 houses” and that the vertical solar wall also “will end up generating enough power for 80 per cent of the power needs of the building”. It is estimated that by May of this year, the “open-concept” office floors will be available on the market.

Meanwhile, “Westrich Pacific Corp.” has decided to build a 43-storey downtown luxury tower, with the aim of becoming Edmonton’s tallest condominium-only tower. Its name: The Encore Tower.

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“Westrich Pacific Corp.”‘s co-chief executive, David Sanche, states that another tower, just completed a block North is named The Ultima Tower and is already 100 per cent sold, 100 per cent occupied. It follows now, that the building of The Encore Tower begins. “It shows our downtown is maturing”, states Sanche.

The condominium tower will be built on the corner of 103 Street and 102 Avenue, “and will have 179 units, featuring three-metre high ceilings, kitchens with stainless steel appliances, flat panel drawers and cabinet doors, along with counter-tops made of quartz.

Sanche states that “the three-storey lobby is outfitted with marble walls and a waterfall, while the fifth floor on top of the podium has an outdoor wading pool and lounge with indoor/outdoor fireplace as well as an indoor gym and bar”.

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$350,000 is the starting price for condos in the Encore Tower, with top-floor penthouses up to 1.5 million dollars and ranging in size from 120 square metres to 260 square metres, including private outdoor terraces.

Young professionals wishing to live near the Ice District have bought out approximately 70 per cent of the units thus far. The Encore Tower is slated to open in the autumn of 2019.

Sanche notes that, “It just goes to show Edmonton has a strong economy with or without oil. We’re having strong sales”.


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