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Calgary construction demand strong in Q2 2023

Calgary construction demand strong in Q2 2023

CALGARY, ALTA. – The City of Calgary has announced construction demand is strong for the second quarter of 2023.

The city received 8,206 residential building permit applications in the first six months of 2023, as well as 1,686 non-residential building permit applications. Year-over-year, building permit applications were seven per cent lower than last year, a release stated, but construction value increased by 13 per cent with January to June at $2.98 billion compared to January to June 2022 at $2.63 billion.

“The values we are seeing are a promising indication that developers are committed to building more homes for Calgarians, both those living here today and the many thousands we expect to welcome in the coming years. While our permit volumes are slightly lower than the previous year, the notable uptick in construction value highlights the quality and scale of projects being built,” said City of Calgary general manager of planning and development services Stuart Dalgleish in a statement.

From April to June Calgary builders and developers submitted 1,533 single construction, 309 multi-residential and 1,273 commercial/multi-family building permits and proposals to redesignate land also saw an increase of 55 per cent over the same period last year, with 90 applications submitted, the release stated.

In an ongoing trend, April saw five new downtown office-to-residential conversion projects receive funding and commercial development remained strong with 1,686 non-residential building permit applications in the first six months of 2023, down from 1,805 received over the same period in 2022. 

“While this marks a modest six per cent decrease year-over-year, Calgary saw a significant increase in non-residential construction value with $936 million reported in 2023, up 22 per cent from the $767 million reported for the same period last year,” the release said.

The top 10 construction projects in Calgary completed in 2023’s second quarter were:

  • Project Violin, a 1.2-million-square-foot Amazon warehouse facility located in the East Shepard Industrial Park, valued at $131 million.
  • Sofina Foods Inc., a new poultry facility in East Shepard Industrial Park, valued at $75 million.
  • 3Minto Era Condominiums, a 13-storey, multi-residential building providing 186 units in the community of Crescent Heights, valued at $43 million.
  • Riverwalk Senior Living, a 12-storey, 141-unit residential building in Cliff Bungalow, valued at $42.7 million.
  • Aspen Woods Retirement Residence, a five-storey continuing care facility that will contain 182 units featuring independent supportive living, assisted living and memory care in the community of Aspen Woods, valued at $35.2 million.
  • Prairie Sky School, a new, two-storey elementary/middle school in Skyview Ranch that can accommodate 900 students in grades K through 9, valued at $23.9 million.
  • Credo Apartments, a six-storey, low-rise apartment building located in Bankview, providing 125 living units, valued at $18.1 million.
  • West District Block 3, a five-storey, residential building located in West Springs, containing 78 units, valued at $17.9 million.
  • Westview Residence West Building 3, a new mixed-use development by Silvera at Glamorgan, featuring five storeys and eighty-two units, valued at $16.9 million.
  • Country Hills Chrysler, a two-storey, volume dealer of Dodge, RAM, Chrysler and Jeep located in Stonegate Landing, valued at $16 million.

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