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Edmonton’s Ice District towers win global award

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Two towers in the heart of Edmonton’s Downtown Ice District have earned international accolades.

Stantec Tower, JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, and The Legends Private Residences have been awarded the ENR Global Best Project Award in the Retail/Mixed-Use Development category. The international competition by Engineering News-Record recognizes project teams for the best design and construction efforts worldwide.

“Stantec Tower, JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences were all designed to draw residents to the vibrant downtown core of Edmonton,” said Tim Shipton, senior vice president, communications and government relations, ICE District. “These towers have transformed the urban fabric in downtown Edmonton, and we are very proud that their design teams have received well-deserved recognition for their efforts.”

Stantec Tower is the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto. JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District is only the third JW Marriott property in Canada.

Both project teams demonstrated exceptional innovation by implementing safety measures to combat weather elements and mitigated construction risks posed by the height of each tower, as well as created safety programs to aid the protection of the general public and workers during construction.

“Receiving this highly regarded award speaks to the quality and craft production behind each project,” said Shipton. “We are thrilled to see ICE District be recognized on the international stage for being innovative, safe and environmentally-responsible.”

The JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences were developed by notable contract and design firms PCL Construction, EAD Property Holdings Corp, DIALOG Alberta Architecture. Stantec Tower was developed by Stantec Architectural, which managed the design, engineering, and construction of the tower.

The Ice District development beat out mixed-use developments from several other countries including Australia, Ireland, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Submissions to the ENR Global Best Projects competition were reviewed and analyzed by an advisory committee made up of industry veterans, and were judged on criteria such as safety performance, innovation, challenges, and design and construction quality.

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