March 21, 2013

Edmonton Federal Building receives design Award of Excellence

Second honour for project envisioned as a year-round destination centre for visitors
For Immediate Release

Edmonton, AB – March 21st, 2013 – Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd (Kasian), one of Canada’s largest global architecture, interior design and planning firms, is proud to announce that the Edmonton Federal Building has won a coveted Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, (CISC), Alberta Steel Design Award. Recognised as North America’s largest steel industry awards program, this biennial event promotes steel design and innovation excellence.  Produced to precise tolerances in size and strength, steel is regarded as one of the most economical building framing materials available. 

The 10-storey Federal Building, (FB), is one of the finest surviving examples of Art Deco architecture in Canada. Designed in 1939 by George Heath MacDonald and built in the 1950’s, this significant landmark has sat vacant since 1989. The FB is now being dramatically repurposed for a new age by Kasian, with Moriyama and Teshima Architects providing plaza and urban design services. Stantec Consulting Limited is the structural engineer for the project. The revitalized facility preserves the history and beauty of the original structure, while creating a High Performance Workplace, (HPW), for the building occupants. Designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC®) Gold standards, this mixed use facility is owned by the Alberta government and will provide engaging new offices and gathering spaces for members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA’s), and staff from the Legislative Assembly Office (LAO). The FB will also house staff from several Government of Alberta departments. Highlights include a new west entrance pavilion, a skating rink, water features and green space to provide a year-round destination centre for the community. “The redeveloped Federal Building and the new public plaza is more than just a period renovation,” says Don Kasian, the Founder and President of Kasian. “The revitalized facility will strike a balance between old and new; safeguarding the inherent character and integrity of the original building, while enhancing its current worth and future viability.”

The CISC Alberta Steel Design Award is the second award of excellence for the Federal Building. In 2011, the building won an Edmonton Urban Design Award, acknowledging the role that the facility will play in enhancing the quality of life within the City and revitalizing the downtown core.


Kasian is one of the leading 100 architecture, interior design and planning firms in the world, with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Regina, Toronto, Doha in Qatar and Shanghai in China. Established in 1983, we employ an integrated and collaborative approach to design, to create exceptional and sustainable spaces and places. A culture of education and shared knowledge keeps us at the forefront of best practice and innovation, and our award-winning projects range from the most advanced children’s hospital in the world, to master plans for the most densely populated cities on the planet.