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Calgary multi-use redevelopment breaks ground

Calgary multi-use redevelopment breaks ground
CITY OF CALGARY — Ground has been broken on the Varsity Multi-Service Redevelopment project (rendering above) in Calgary. The project is scheduled for completion by winter 2023.

CALGARY, ALTA. – The Varsity Multi-Service Redevelopment project in Calgary has started construction with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by city leaders and stakeholders including mayor Jyoti Gondek.

The facility will be approximately 83,000 square feet and will include a new fire station, a 48-unit Calgary housing development, city corporate accommodation space, household hazardous waste dropoff and leasable space.

“Calgary continues to grow and be recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world and this new multi-service complex is an investment in the safety and quality of life for all Calgarians in our northwest quadrant, for many years to come,” mayor Gondek said in a statement.

The project is also pursing LEED and WELL Silver certifications to “reduce carbon emissions, minimize environmental impacts, and enhance human health and well-being of building occupants and users,” a City of Calgary release stated.

Calgary City Council has directed administration to build multi-service facilities to increase efficiencies and better serve the city’s communities, the release added.

The new facility is the first development from the Integrated Civic Facilities Planning Program portfolio which addresses council and the city administration’s direction to corporately co-ordinate the facility planning and delivery function.

“Multi-use facilities are more fiscally and environmentally responsible. Using this integrated approach means we can leverage investment opportunities to provide more citizen amenities in a multi-use facility than at a single use site, which also reduces the environmental footprint,” City of Calgary facility planning acting manager Ryan Meier said.

“Affordable housing is about people. Access to safe and stable housing helps create inclusive communities and makes our city a great place to live and work for citizens of all income levels. Each facility is being designed to meet the specific needs of each community, with the vision and proposed amenities determined through extensive engagement with Calgarians, community leaders and numerous advisory groups,” Calgary Housing director Sarah Woodgate added.

Construction of the facility begins in the summer and is scheduled for completion by winter 2023.

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