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Old Posted Sep 3, 2007, 11:06 PM
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Calgary summer 07

CTrain in the East Village, with the new ArriVa condo tower in the background




another Saturday night in Forest Harlem


1886 Cafe


traffic backed up heading IN to downtown in the afternoon rush hour


I was offered crack within about 12 seconds of pulling in to the beer store parking lot to take this pic


Seventh Avenue transit mall looking west

rainy night on Macleod Trail, the Cactus Club Cafe

London condos


PetroCanada Centre


Gulf Canada Square framed by Bankers Hall in the reflection. Gulf Canada Square is named for an oil company that no longer exists. It was ahead of its time in energy conservation in the early 1980s and is unique in that there is no furnace for the building.

inner courtyard of Olive live-work condos at The Bridges, Bridgeland


Bankers Hall east tower and the Hollingsworth building in the foreground


Calgary Courts Centre atrium in the rain. A security guard kicked me out of the alley after I took this pic. It is the largest court house in Canada, over 1 million square feet including the atrium between the 2 towers.


Sasso + Vetro condo towers

CTrain carries a phenomenal 250,000 sardines every weekday. North America's most successful LRT system for ridership.


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TransCanada building. Tied for 4th tallest in Calgary with Canterra. It was the last major office building to be built in Calgary around the turn of the century. Now there are about a dozen office buildings in various stages of construction with plenty more planned. Two of the projects are in the billion dollar range.


Stella and Nova condos, to be joined by third sister Luna


cranes at Keynote, 2 condo towers and one office building, ArriVa condos in the distance which is the first of three towers, and the short crane in the distance is the Ribtor office building.


acrobatics in the alley across the street from the Hyatt


Opus on 8, office building almost finished construction. The project was started on spec but was quickly fully leased.


IBM campus, building 2 almost finished,and building 3 about half way done. As seen from the Hotel Arts office building construction


Union Square condos, tower one of two


Centrium Place, office building almost finished construction.


Cranes on Bankers Court and across the street tower one of Homberg Harris nears completion and tower 2 is at the foundation stage


From the top of the Bow parkade the night before the Stampede Parade:




Nexen:

Husky:


Bankers Hall


the LEDs above the CTrain platform change colours


Beat Niq, the place for jazz in the basement of the Grain Exchange, Calgary's original "skyscraper"


Glenmore Trail looking eastbound. Calgary's biggest road project ($110 million +) partially opened this summer. Traffic has really improved in the GE5 area from my point of view.


ArriVa condos in June. Move-ins start any week now. The first of 3 condo towers. The crane for the Stampede casino is in the foreground.


Huge downpour, June 5, Elbow Drive. It was way worse elsewhere but I was stranded on high ground at home, thankfully!
The mud in the foreground is our driveway and the shrub floating away was sacrificed for GE5 (Glenmore Elbow 5 Street) road widening. It took 13 months, but we now have a paved driveway, a new sprinkler system, and a new front lawn.
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McDougall Centre park at night



First Canadian Centre and Energy Plaza

London condos 1-2-3

Centennial Place -23 and 40 storey offfice buildings spec project by Oxford

Livingston Place 2 new 22 storey office buildings, Pengrowth head office

The Bridges, urban renewal on the site of the former Calgary General Hospital which was imploded in 1998 by the provincial government

K-town

channel 8

London Calgary (again)

the bike couriers call this 'The Tranny', TransCanada Tower

Canterra, named for a defunct oil company.



Boulevard of Broken Dreams at the Blackfoot Truck Stop


Nova, Sold Out

Barron Building, vintage 1950s era office building, now being renovated

looking up at TD Canada Trust tower, a BASE jumper fell through one of these skylights once. He lived.

Eatons Centre Sears with the new courthouse in the distance.
Sears is closing their downtown former Eatons store and Holt Renfrew is moving in.

Eatons Centre, the baby to the giant in Toronto

Apparently the building was the venue for Joni Mitchell's first pro gig. She went to the Alberta College of Art here.

old and new on Stephen Avenue Mall. The 3 buildings on the left (where Subway is) are going to become "Fashion Central"


The Bay Arcade on Stephen Avenue Walk

Colt Engineering (now Australian owned) and called Colt Worley Parsons on Southport Road, with Southland Crossing and fire hall in foreground

Indian Oil and Gas head office on the Tsu'u Tina Nation


Glenmore Reservoir


Second Street is a dead end for no good reason

One of the quads: Bow Valley Square Two, will there ever be a BVS5?

Calgary Chamber of Commerce sold their air rights to the PetroCanada Centre which takes up the rest of the block. PCC west tower is the tallest building west of Toronto in Canada.

From Crescent Heights looking south east

Bow river, downtown west end

E.R. at the new Alberta Children's Hospital

part of the wind breaker sculpture on Stephen Avenue Walk, blue version

Children's Hospital from across the Bow valley

Quarry Park, a billion dollar suburban office park in SE Calgary, the new Canadian head office for Jacobs Engineering

food court at Chinook Centre, Calgary's largest mall about to get even bigger, hauling in the dough...

The Bay and CTrain, Seventh Avenue SW

Five West tower 2





Union Square condos, tower 1, and Mescalero restaurant sign

dawn of another day




Bravo and Encore, to be joined by Ovation

Crestmont looking towards NW Calgary

Springbank Hill


Opus



June 25 after a hail storm, Elbow drive south of Heritage about 1pm



the City has issued over 600 demolition permits so far this year, but squatters set this place on fire before it could be torn down

Cowboy's bar bites the dust to make way for a billion dollar project of 2 office towers.



there are more pics to see if you keep scrolling down past the comments

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Great pics...

I lived in Calgary for a year in 97...I bet there have been a lot of changes on the skyline since then. It amazes me how much office space is in that city. I live in Indy now and the office market is relatively stagnant, with most growth on the northern suburbs. Our tallest is taller than your tallest but our skyline pales in comparison and office bulk.
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Great pics...

I lived in Calgary for a year in 97...I bet there have been a lot of changes on the skyline since then. It amazes me how much office space is in that city. I live in Indy now and the office market is relatively stagnant, with most growth on the northern suburbs. Our tallest is taller than your tallest but our skyline pales in comparison and office bulk.
HI thanks for having a look. I find it hard to believe that 1997 was 10 years ago already!!!
I don't think you would notice much difference in the skyline as nothing taller than PetroCanada has ever been built and it went up in the early 1980s. You would notice a few new buildings here and there, and lots of construction going on. I think the biggest change you would see would be on the outskirts as there are entire areas of the city that are new since then.
The skyline should change by 2010 when the 58 storey Foster designed The Bow tower is built. I'm hoping that since EXXON/Mobil-Imperial Oil has moved their head office to Calgary from Toronto and are scattered in several downtown buildings, they might want to build something higher than The Bow.
They own most of the block between 5 & 6 Avenues SW at 4 Street and they just bought the alley from the City.

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Great pics...

I lived in Calgary for a year in 97...I bet there have been a lot of changes on the skyline since then. It amazes me how much office space is in that city. I live in Indy now and the office market is relatively stagnant, with most growth on the northern suburbs. Our tallest is taller than your tallest but our skyline pales in comparison and office bulk.
Babbage, check out the calgary construction thread here (in "Alberta" thread under "Canada") and prepare to be completely gobsmacked.
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Great collection of photos livingforthecity. You've quickly become one of my favourite photographers on SSP.
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Awesome pics. I had to save one or two to my desktop
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Excellent pics! You are fantastic photographer.
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Great thread, you've got a good eye.
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Some interesting buildings in Calgary, still an impressive skyline for a metro of 1 million people!
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Top notch pictures. Some look very professional.
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to leave a comment. This is the first time I have done a photo thread on SSP, and I hope to do some more of them as the new buildings go up around town.
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Nexen really is a great building from that angle.
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What can I say? It is an Edmonton based developer!
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Nice pics!!!
I love being kept in the loop of all the goings-on in my former city and your photos are a pleasure to look at for sure!
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What can I say? It is an Edmonton based developer!
They've come around though. Their next project in Beltline - The Kahanoff project - is one of the best projects in town.
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Yeah I've seen a couple of different databases with Calgary highrise construction. I think the one here on skyscraperpage has 40+ UC and the one on emporis had like 22. Whatever the current number, it's phenomenal for a city of just over a million.

Calgary may be sprawling out somewhat...but at least they're subdivision lots are small enough, like a lot of cities in western NA, to allow for a short trip to the closest LRT station; then ride to downtown. That's what my dad used to do. Good planning on their part to keep most of the offices downtown. In Indy, only about 1/3 of office space is downtown...jobs dispersed, less use of public transit or light rail capabilities.
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It has been rather chaotic with the site being down so much.
And Josh I'm looking forward to seeing the Kahanoff project get going!
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