December 21, 2018
The CMLC groundbreaking for the transformative 9th Avenue parkade marks the start of an exciting new project that contributes to the on-going evolution of the East Village neighbourhood. The site of the parkade has notable neighbours like Studio Bell and the new Calgary Public Library, solidifying the area as a new destination spot in Calgary. Located on 9th Avenue at 3rd Street SE, the approximately $80 million project will comprise seven levels with a 500+ stall parkade (and plenty of bike parking), plus a fully integrated 50,000 sf innovation centre, dubbed PLATFORM, that will be operated by Calgary Technologies Inc. This approach of designing and building with placemaking and people in mind is essential for establishing the future of the East Village community.
Although there’s a need for parking in the East Village today, planners say that traditional parkades may not be a priority in the future. As such, the parkade has been designed with future conversion in mind, allowing it to be re-purposed into a commercial, mixed-use, or residential space in future years.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said it’s exciting that the city is needing to build extra parking for downtown east — it’s a part of the city that council and the CMLC have worked at re-invigorating for years. “It’s a testament to the fact that this neighborhood is working, that people are coming here, they’re visiting here, they’re living here, they’re working here and that really matters,” said Nenshi. “But we also know that the world is changing and maybe we won’t need parking structures and parkades in the future.”
Designed by Kasian and 5468796, the building’s design allows for future conversion of the space through such considerations as increased floor-to-ceiling heights, which are higher than those of traditional parkades; a central atrium space that allows for natural light to penetrate through the building; and a responsible long-term approach that allows for the conversion of the existing building structure without significant demolition and waste.
Katherine Robinson, Calgary Principal says “Parkades are no longer a place to solely house cars. The parkade typology needs to be future-focused, inventive, and play a pivotal role in the development of our cities and communities. The Platform Innovation Centre does just that, integrating itself with its surrounding neighbors while strengthening Calgary as a technology and innovation hub. We are thrilled to be a part of this transformative project!”
For more information on this exciting milestone, check out the CMLC news release.
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