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A multi-use building in the heart of Calgary’s East Village reached a milestone as work crews approach the ‘topping off’ of the 9th Avenue SE Parkade and Platform Innovation Centre.

The completion of this seventh and final storey will mark the end of the substantial structural work on the building.

“This building is unique for Calgary but is exactly in line with the forward-looking approach that’s guided development in East Village from the outset. Its flexibility means it’s responsive to the evolving needs of the neighbourhood and is built with an approach that is mindful of our communities’ needs—present and future,” says Kate Thompson, CMLC president & CEO.

On track for a spring 2021 completion, this project includes an open-air parkade with 500+ parking stalls, public bike parking and an outdoor sport court.

Rendering courtesy of CMLC

Located on 9th Avenue at 3rd Street SE, the parkade is integrated with the 50,000 square foot Platform Innovation Centre. CMLC, serving as the $80-million structure’s development manager, worked with partners Calgary Parking Authority (CPA), Platform Calgary and architects Kasian and 5468796 Architecture.

“We are thrilled to see this building taking shape in the most exciting part of our city. Our partnership with CMLC and CPA to bring this space to life will create new, fast-growing tech startups, support a highly skilled and inclusive workforce, and transform industries. This will truly be Calgary’s home for innovators,” says Terry Rock, Platform Calgary president & CEO.

The building has a new look since the early design renderings were released due to a change in the exterior screen material. The project team made the adjustment to address anticipated challenges with the constructability of the original screen.

The new design and material offer a local fabrication solution and improved long-term maintenance efficiencies while maintaining the original striking design aesthetic.

“We really wanted to reimagine how a parking structure could be designed, to integrate into its surroundings and be a dynamic part of an urban mosaic. 9th Avenue Parkade provided just that; it is designed, developed and built to address the evolving transportation needs of the community,” says Glen Furtado, CPA general manager.

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