EDMONTON — Graham Construction has been awarded a contract to rehabilitate Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory.
One of the city’s best-known landmarks, the conservatory is a botanical garden located in the river valley across from the downtown core.
It consists of three city-operated greenhouses, public gardens as well as four feature pyramids for the display of plant species found across three biomes, with the fourth pyramid hosting as a seasonal display.
Graham has been tasked with performing pre-construction, construction and post-construction services for the rehabilitation of the conservatory. According to the city, the scope is heavily weighted towards mechanical and electrical system replacements.
“The city has flagged the botanical garden as a priority for rehabilitation. Some of the mechanical, electrical and structural systems are over 30 years old and are in dire need of replacement and upgrading,” said Gary Chung, city project manager, in a statement.
The goal of the rehabilitation is to extend the lifespan of the facility and prevent the building’s systems from failing. A failure could impact the delicate living assets housed within the pyramids and supporting greenhouses, explains the release. Many of the plants cannot be relocated and supporting temporary provisions are required as part of the construction work.
The rehabilitation work is planned to occur during a complete public access closure of the building from July 1, 2019 through to Dec. 31, 2020. The facility will still maintain a group of staff that will have a constant need for operational access to all growing spaces to maintain plant life.