We all know that Edmonton, Canada has always been an attractive place to live in, especially for people who like peace. Both Canadians and foreigners agree that the city is home to everything you need – a peaceful community, career opportunities, and good educational institutions. However, it does not appear to be as progressive and highly urbanized as Toronto and Vancouver.
This year, however, a construction boom is expected, and this will put Edmonton on par with the biggest and most advanced cities in the country.
Tons of new infrastructure will pop up this year and make the lives of the residents a whole lot better. So, don’t be surprised to see a lot of buildings with scaffolding in Edmonton this year!
If you’re wondering what to expect from this construction boom, here is a short guide that we made to help you:
A new urban line
The Valley Line LRT will be a 27-km, low-floor urban line that will run from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms. It will include 11 street level stops, one elevated station, an interchange at Churchill Square, and a bridge. The construction was started in 2016 and is expected to start operations by the end of 2020.
The estimated cost for this project was at $3.2 billion and was funded by the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) and TransEd Partners, a private company who was selected to design, build, and operate the Valley Line LRT.
A new bike route along a major road
A new bike road will be built along 102 Avenue Downtown, between 96 street and 136 street. There have been a lot of requests from residents for a bike route in the area, and now it will finally be realized.
The new bike road will give bikers access to several destinations, including the City Hall, City Market, Winspear Centre, Alberta Art Gallery, and the Stanley Milner Library. No announcements have been made as to when this bike route will be available for the use of the public yet.
A very tall and multi-functional landmark
The Stantec Tower will be a 66-storey commercial and residential building nestled in the heart of the city. It will stand 251 meters tall and is considered as the tallest building on the west of Toronto. It will change the skyline of Edmonton beautifully.
The $500-million tower is primarily meant to be the headquarters of Stantec Inc., a well-known architecture and construction company in the country. However, the tower will also be home to 4 floors of retail shops and 36 floors of condo units. It will be ready for occupancy by the end of 2018.
A luxury hotel with residential flats.
Upscale individuals who love the luxurious lifestyle will find a new home in the 55-storey JW Marriott Hotel. This hotel will be the first of its kind in the city and the third JW Mariott Hotel in Canada.
The 4-star hotel features 356 hotel rooms, spacious meeting rooms, a ballroom, a spa, and a restaurant. Plus, there will 29 floors of condo units which homeowners will have exclusive access to. It is set to open before the end of 2016.
A one-stop service center
It can be very tiring and time-consuming for those residing at Edmonton to go from one place to another when they have some business to settle with the government. In the coming years, this won’t be a problem anymore as the government is now operating the Edmonton Service Center – a one-stop shop where citizens can pay taxes, review architectural drawings, apply for permits, and settle any other concern that they have with the government.
The Edmonton Service Center is located at the Edmonton Tower, a 26-storey building located in the ICE District. The building has just recently finished their construction and opened their doors to the public last February 2017.
A new place for recreation
The Kinistinaw Park will be a spacious landscaped open area where people are free to gather and be surrounded by lush flora whenever they want to rejuvenate their senses. There will be space for picnics, benches for reading, and cameras to ensure the security of everyone.
The new park will be located in the Quarters Downtown and is publicly accessible all year round. There is still no exact date when the park will be open to the public, but it is something that residents and business owners in the area can look forward to.
A better and stronger bridge
The Rainbow Valley Access Bridge is set for rehabilitation to ensure that it continues to be a strong, safe, and functional infrastructure. This building was first constructed in 1971 and provides access to the Rainbow Valley Campground and several other notable outdoor attractions in the city.
Some of the rehabilitation activities that will take place include the addition of new bridge barriers and deck joints, a new pedestrian railing, and a marked pedestrian crossing. The bridge won’t be closed to accommodate the work. Instead, the rehabilitation will be split into two phases to allow vehicles to pass while work is being done. Of course, a dedicated Edmonton shrink wrap company will also provide their services to protect the site from rain and prevent delays in the rehabilitation.
Edmonton scaffolding and construction companies would get very busy this 2017. After all these projects open, the number of commercial and residential spaces in Edmonton will rise. You can expect the prices for these to go down for a while and drastically increase when the number of empty units starts to dwindle. There has been no better time to invest in Edmonton than 2017.
If you want to build and grow your business, you can choose from the available commercial spaces or build your building! Just be sure to get in touch with the best construction and scaffolding company in Edmonton, Alberta to make sure that you get the best quality of work in the city.