It stands as the tallest building west of Toronto, and a pillar of Edmonton’s new ICE District, and on Wednesday the new 69-storey Stantec Tower officially opened as the company’s new global headquarters.
“Stantec employees are extremely proud of our new headquarters, a project that positively reflects the talent, innovation, and creativity of our team members,” said Gord Johnston, the company’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement.
“We can already feel the impact that ICE District has on our city, and we’re excited to be part of the transformational revitalization in downtown Edmonton. Stantec was founded as a one-person operation in Edmonton in 1954. Now a top 10 global design firm, we are excited to confirm our commitment to the city where our company began.”
The Stantec Tower will be home to 29 floors of commercial workspace for Stantec’s 1,500 Edmonton-based employees, Dentons Canada LLP, DLA Piper and PwC Canada, as well as SKY Residences — 483 premium condominium suites and more than 20,000 square feet of premium amenity space.
“It is exciting to see one of ICE District’s most iconic landmarks officially open,” said Glen Scott, president of Katz Group Real Estate. “We are proud to welcome Stantec employees to their official new home in the heart of downtown Edmonton and continue to showcase how ICE District is shaping the future of our city.”
Stantec employees will begin moving into the commercial space of Stantec Tower in October. Stantec Tower is expected to reach its final height of 251 metres by the end of 2018 and SKY Residences will be completed in the fall of 2019.
The ICE District also includes the Edmonton Tower, which is complete, and JW Marriott Edmonton, which has an expected completion of spring 2019.
The Stantec Tower includes a dedicated multi-faith prayer room, lactation room, gender-neutral washrooms, an open community staircase that looks onto ICE District and Roger’s Place, and the floorplates are modelled as open concept workspaces with minimal offices to encourage collaboration.
Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald, including 12 years as a senior business writer.