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September 27, 2018

Canada’s tallest tower west of Toronto opens in Edmonton

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It’s official: Canada’s tallest tower west of Toronto is officially open in downtown Edmonton.

The 69-storey Stantec Tower celebrated its grand opening in Ice District on Wednesday morning.

Soon to be home to Stantec’s 1,500 Edmonton-based employees, the company’s new global headquarters includes 29 storeys of commercial workspace. The building also houses 483 condo suites and more than 20,000-square-feet of amenity space.

“Stantec was founded as a one-person operation in Edmonton in 1954. Now a Top 10 global design firm, we are excited to confirm our commitment to the city where our company began.”

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What makes the building unique is that it was designed and built by Stantec employees. Several years ago when the company was looking at consolidating its office spaces, there were several options on the table including building in the suburbs.

However, the decision was made to be downtown and make a point at the same time.

“You want to make a statement and you want to show your commitment, so you want to do something that’s never been done before,” said Bob Gomes, former president and CEO of Stantec.

“I think that’s what the city really needed. Edmonton has always been that city that maybe settled for something that was second best. Well, let’s do something that’s better than anyone else, let’s do something that’s larger. And larger is one way of equating better.”

Mayor Don Iveson said having a large company like Stantec choose the downtown core for its head office speaks to the vibrancy of the growing downtown area.

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