City Construction Crews Work on Building the Future

via The Calgary Herald  By David Parker

The Calgary Construction Association has been doing a great job ensuring crews have kept working during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they continue to change the face of the city.

The biggest project, and hardest to understand as you drive by, is the massive interchange work well underway at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and Stoney Trail N.W.

It looks like total confusion to those that just get glimpses of big yellow machines and partially built bridge abutments. But when completed — providing the directional signs give easily understood information — no doubt it will become a work of construction art and design.

In the same area there is good progress at Trinity Hills, where we can look forward to a 30,000-square-foot GoodLife Fitness, a 27,000-square-foot MEC and a Save-On-Foods grocery store. And across the highway, Melcor’s Greenwich Village master-planned mixed-use community is beginning to take shape with residential properties; and those living in the northwest look forward to seeing the new Calgary Farmers’ Market rise out of the ground.

It always seems such a long time between original plans and opening of new developments; I remember getting excited about University District while wandering through an excellent virtual reality wall produced by Riddell Kurczaba Architecture 3-D Visualization.

So, taking the time to drive through the development from Shaganappi Trail, I was impressed to see the construction progress that is transforming the former University of Calgary lands. And surprised to find that crews are already working on the 14th floor of the 15-storey Alt Hotel.

The 156-room hotel by Group Germain is at the first intersection across from the development’s Discovery Centre,