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Old Posted May 9, 2007, 6:38 PM
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CALGARY | The Bow | 774 FT / 236 M | 58 FLOORS


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Description of the Bow

The Bow is an office tower being built for Encana, one of the largest Energy Companies in North America. It is comprised of two buildings, including a main office tower and a cultural/retail podium, spanning two full city blocks. It also will encapsulate two heritage buildings (one being the Royal Canadian Legion #1, which is a provincial historic resource and not officially part of the development) as well as the facade of the York Hotel. The project was sold to H&R REIT to develop, and the lead architectural firm is Foster and Partners from London, UK. The main tower will be the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto at 236m and also the crown of Calgary's skyline.


Who is building the Bow?


Where is it? Do you have a map?

Centre to 1st Street S.E. and 5th to 6th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB


What is the development timeline?

2011/00/00 || Construction finished
2010/03/00 || Structure topped out
2008/07/04 || 6th Ave SW reopened
2008/05/09 || Raft Slab poured (3 Days)
2008/05/01 || Floorplate revised
2007/08/21 || 6th Ave SW closed
2007/05/05 || Excavation started
2007/03/08 || Development Permit approved
2007/02/09 || Tower sold to H&R REIT
2006/10/12 || Design unveiled
2005/10/04 || Second land acquisition
2005/08/23 || First land acquisition
2005/07/11 || Project announcement
2002/04/05 || EnCana born from merger of PanCanadian and AEC


Give me some specifics!

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Development Permit (DP-2006-3431)

Land Use
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Institutional*
Estimated Cost
  • ~ $1,300,000,000.00 (CAD)
Size & Density
  • Roof Height (Tower) -- 58 Storeys | 236m | 774'
  • Roof Height (Podium) -- 7 Storeys | 39m | 128'
  • Gross Floor Area -- 217,404m² | 2,340,117'² +
  • FAR -- 12.43 +
Materials
  • Concrete -- 100,000m³
  • Steel -- 39,000 tonnes
  • Curtain Wall Glass -- 8,000 panels | 900,000'²
Parking
  • 1,360 Automobile Stalls -- 1,000,000'²
  • 420 Bicycle Spots -- 320 Above Grade | 100 Below Grade
Elevators
  • 22 Shafts
  • 44 Cabs
Sustainability Features
  • Atria improve ventilation
  • Displacement Ventilation limits tempered zone to occupied space
  • Tower orientation takes advantage of passive solar energy
  • Structural system reduces the amount of steel required
  • Office floor cooling and heating provided by Environmental Air Tower unit with under-floor distribution
  • Permanent carbon dioxide monitoring system will be installed

*Institutional usage pending

Are there webcams?

Camera 1
Camera 2
Camera 3



Where can I read more about this tower?

2008/11/15 || Globe and Mail | H&R says it will get financing to build Bow
2008/11/14 || Globe and Mail | H&R REIT hits a roadblock with The Bow
2008/07/04 || Calgary Herald | 6th Avenue back in action
2008/06/16 || Calgary Sun | EnCana deal will put Calgary on world art map
2008/06/12 || Calgary Herald | Tower changes draw criticism
2008/06/07 || Globe and Mail | So many promises: Were they just a tall tale?
2008/06/06 || Journal of Commerce | Tons of steel make Calgary’s Bow tower possible
2008/06/04 || Calgary Herald | Stampede expects 6th Avenue route for parade as Bow closure nears end
2008/05/17 || Calgary Herald | Making their mark
2008/05/17 || Calgary Herald | Historic status preserves hotel
2008/05/12 || Globe and Mail | EnCana starts Calgary tower
2008/05/10 || Calgary Herald | Big Pour
2008/04/29 || Calgary Herald | EnCana tower may house campus
2008/04/20 || Calgary Herald | Building the Bow
2008/03/27 || CBC | EnCana Tower Construction on Schedule, Builder Says
2008/03/20 || Calgary Herald | Parade route could be changed
2008/01/01 || The Walrus | Calgary: The Events Leading Up To Sir Norman Foster

2007/12/08 || Calgary Herald | St. Regis Hotel targeted as heritage site
2007/10/10 || Calgary Herald | EnCana construction puts brakes on Santa Claus parade
2007/09/01 || Where | Calgary's Architectural Revolution
2007/08/29 || Venture Magazine | Ledcor Construction - The Bow Project
2007/08/27 || CBC | Construction closes Sixth Avenue
2007/08/24 || Calgary Herald | Bow tower's Legion neighbours cry foul over access problems
2007/08/20 || Journal of Commerce | EnCana preserves part of York Hotel friezes for future use in The Bow
2007/07/01 || Venture Magazine | Soaring High
2007/06/29 || Calgary Herald | Tower won't house gallery
2007/05/23 || Globe and Mail | It takes a tower
2007/03/26 || Journal of Commerce | The Bow tower loses one floor
2007/02/09 || CNW Group | H&R REIT signs the largest single tenant lease in Canadian history
2007/02/05 || CBC | Bow tower construction could snarl traffic
2007/01/11 || Elemente Magazine | Rise of the Bow

2006/10/27 || Canadian Architect | Foster + Partners spectacular design sculpts new lines across Calgary skyline
2006/10/21 || The Pipeline | Look up for EnCana’s new offices, way up
2006/10/18 || Journal of Commerce | The Bow to bow into Calgary’s downtown
2006/10/13 || Calgary Herald | Calgary's future skyline unveiled
2006/07/26 || Financial Post | The roots of EnCana's new tower

2005/12/14 || Calgary Herald | EnCana selects top architectural firm
2005/11/22 || Globe and Mail | EnCana project expands Calgary downtown
2005/10/24 || Bloomberg | EnCana Leads Real Estate Boom in Heart of Canada's Oil Patch




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In any case...

The latest images from the construction site... (start of construction)

May 05, 2007


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Exciting to see construction begin. The tower looks huge!
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New tallest under construction building in the country. Exciting times in Canada.
     
     
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 5:08 AM
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 5:28 AM
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nice to see it start

looks forward to coming out at some point and geting shots of it rising
     
     
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This is a beast.
     
     
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of course its the new tallest in western canada beeting out is niebor for that title lol
     
     
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Old Posted May 10, 2007, 6:36 AM
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It is exciting seeing action on this site knowing what is about to rise.
     
     
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Old Posted May 11, 2007, 1:59 AM
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Yee-haw!

(Sorry, as a long-time Calgarian I rarely give in to the cliche cowboy chatter - but - what can I say this is a great f$#kin building!!!)
     
     
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Looking at the rendering again, I just realized that I hadn't seen the balcony above the existing York Hotel facade before.
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This is one of the nicest highrise proposals I've seen on here, Calgary is damn lucky to be getting a building of this calibre, kudos Encana for giving us a building that isn't another glass or concrete box. kudos
     
     
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Old Posted May 16, 2007, 12:48 AM
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I also agree that The Bow looks wonderful. Good job Calgary!
     
     
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Old Posted May 16, 2007, 3:59 AM
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Let the games begin!
Pound those piles and get some diggings to begin!

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My favourite Canadian building UC. My only gripe is the width of the thing.
     
     
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My favourite Canadian building UC. My only gripe is the width of the thing.
I don't think it will appear so wide once constructed.
     
     
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I don't think it will appear so wide once constructed.
I think somebody showed it wasn't any wider than PetroCanada, so I would have to say you're right.

I'm very excited to see work underway on this project - it seems like it's taken forever to get to this point, but now that it's underway it's just fantastic.
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It won't. Width wise its only just a little wider then PCC's west tower (which doesn't appear wide due to it sitting on an angle on the block), and the height will balance out any width anyways, especially from up close.

Another amazing thing about it is the number of calgary forumers who have bought new cameras recently, with the justification of needing them to take shots of this one.
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Wow! I was just looking at some of those thumbnails:


Beautifully arranged




Is it like this all the way to the top floor?

     
     
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There are three sections of the atrium the full height of the tower. Each is about 20 storeys tall.


This image best explains it.
     
     
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