Record-breaking Stantec Tower opens in Edmonton’s ICE District

Stantec and ICE District Properties Joint Venture are celebrating the grand opening of Stantec’s new global headquarters, Stantec Tower. At 69-storeys in height (with 66 functional floors), Stantec Tower will be the tallest building west of Toronto and serves as one of the key pillars in Edmonton’s vibrant ICE District. The structure will house 29 floors of commercial workspace for Stantec’s 1,500 Edmonton-based employees, Dentons Canada LLP, DLA Piper, and PwC Canada, as well as SKY Residences—483 premium condominium suites that includes more than 20,000 square feet of premium amenity space.

Stantec Tower
The Stantec Tower under construction in June of this year. The 69-storey tower is now the tallest Canadian building west of Toronto. Photo by Jarodsc18 via Wikimedia Commons.

“Stantec employees are extremely proud of our new headquarters, a project that positively reflects the talent, innovation, and creativity of our team members,” says Stantec president and chief executive officer, Gord Johnston. “We can already feel the impact that ICE District has on our City, and we’re excited to be part of the transformational revitalization in downtown Edmonton. Stantec was founded as a one-person operation in Edmonton in 1954. Now a Top 10 global design firm, we are excited to confirm our commitment to the city where our Company began.”

Since the project’s inception, 343 Stantec employees have worked over 145,000 hours on the Stantec Tower. Stantec provided full architecture and engineering services for the Company headquarters, which is targeting LEED® Gold certification (exterior), LEED® Silver certification (interior), and FitWel certification. Stantec Tower introduces a number of unique features for office space in Edmonton, including a dedicated multi-faith prayer room, lactation room, and gender-neutral washrooms. The office features an open community staircase that looks onto ICE District and Roger’s Place, and the floorplates are modeled as open concept workspaces with minimal offices to encourage collaboration. Stantec also provided interior design support for SKY Residences.

“It is exciting to see one of ICE District’s most iconic landmarks officially open,” says Glen Scott, President of Katz Group Real Estate. “We are proud to welcome Stantec employees to their official new home in the heart of downtown Edmonton and continue to showcase how ICE District is shaping the future of our city.”

Stantec employees will begin moving into the commercial space of Stantec Tower in October 2018. Stantec Tower is expected to reach its final height of 251 metres by the end of 2018 and SKY Residences will be completed in Fall 2019. ICE District continues to evolve, with Edmonton Tower already complete and JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District well underway with an expected completion in spring 2019.

“Having a large company like Stantec choose the downtown core as its head office speaks to the vibrancy of our growing ICE District,” says Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “We look forward to welcoming 1,500 Stantec employees to this new building that will no doubt contribute to furthering their innovation and success.”

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