A holistic landmark restoration for a new age
The Edmonton Federal Building restoration is a landmark project that offers locals a public space to engage in community activities year-round. Through an extensive public consultation process between the Alberta Government and more than 20 stakeholders, Kasian created an inspirational facility designed to LEED® Gold standards that has become the focal point for economic growth and community revival.
The building is an impressive 10-storey, Art Deco government building on the northeast corner of the Alberta Legislature grounds. Designed in 1939 by prominent local architect George Heath MacDonald, this unique symbol of federal architecture has sat vacant since 1989.
The project was particularly complex because of the desire to effectively integrate heritage, sustainability, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, interior design and infrastructure into a cohesive, holistic outcome. A balance was struck between old and new; safeguarding the inherent character and integrity of the original building, while enhancing its current worth and future viability. Renewal of the Federal Building and construction of a new public plaza and parkade increased public space at the Legislature grounds and provides year-round recreational opportunities for visitors.
By renovating the existing structure, we are preserving the history and beauty of an architectural landmark. The redeveloped Edmonton Federal Building, along with the creation of the new public plaza, will transform the area into a space Albertans can enjoy all year round