Edmonton, AB –November 10, 2011 – 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.
Upon completion, 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. The open engaging spaces provide a renewed sense of purpose for the building. A 650-stall underground parkade is set to replace existing surface parking lots and facilitate the development of a new public plaza, which will 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. Don Kasian is the Founder and President of Kasian: “The redeveloped Federal Building and the new public plaza is set to create an enduring expression of Alberta’s history, culture and future interests, preserving the beauty and longevity of one of the city’s most significant architectural landmarks.”
The winners of the 2011 Edmonton Urban Design Awards will be entered in next year’s National RAIC Urban Design Award competition. The projects will also be exhibited in Edmonton City Hall and featured on the City of Edmonton and RAIC Web sites.
Kasian is one of the top 100 architecture, interior design and planning firms in the world and over the past 25 years we have earned global recognition for our collaborative approach to design. Our goal is to harness the collective expertise and imagination of our international team of professionals to answer the complex questions asked of us by our clients. The result is award-winning spaces and sustainable environments for people everywhere.