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Edmonton ICE District properties earn international award

Published On
September 15, 2020

ENR (Engineering News Record) has been hosting this international competition for 8 years, aimed at recognizing best in class design and construction projects from around the world. Entries were received from projects in many countries including Australia, Ireland, Sri Lanka and Moscow, highlighting the significance of receiving these awards for these Edmonton-based projects.

“Stantec Tower, JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences were all designed to draw residents to the vibrant downtown core of Edmonton,” said Tim Shipton, Senior Vice President, Communications and Government Relations, ICE District. “These towers have transformed the urban fabric in downtown Edmonton, and we are very proud that their design teams have received well-deserved recognition for their efforts.”

Stantec Tower is the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto. JW Marriot Edmonton ICE District is only the third JW Marriot property in Canada – Marriott’s most elite brand.

During construction of these buildings, both project teams demonstrated exceptional innovation by implementing safety measures to combat weather elements and mitigated construction risks posed by the height of each tower, as well as created safety programs to aid the protection of the general public and workers during construction.

“Receiving this highly regarded award speaks to the quality and craft production behind each project,” said Tim. “We are thrilled to see ICE District be recognized on the international stage for being innovative, safe and environmentally-responsible.”

“There’s incredible innovation happening in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region in all sectors,” said Edmonton Global CEO, Malcolm Bruce. “This is a great example of the world-class initiatives that are underway here and this global recognition is well deserved. The Edmonton region has a great story to tell – when you look at the global companies in architecture, engineering, and construction that are headquartered here and led these projects – it should come as no surprise that awards and international recognition are coming our way.”

The ICE District is located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Including a state-of-the-art arena, this 25 acre development was recently chosen to host the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, with Edmonton acting as a hub city for the playoff run leading up to the finals. ”If you haven’t been to the Edmonton region in the past couple of years, you’ll be stunned by the dramatic changes to our skyline. This has always been a beautiful city and region, and

Submissions to the ENR Global Best Projects competition were reviewed and analyzed by an advisory committee made up of industry veterans, and were judged on criteria such as safety performance, innovation, challenges, and design and construction quality.

The JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences were developed by notable contract and design firms PCL Construction, EAD Property Holdings Corp, DIALOG Alberta Architecture. Stantec Tower was developed by Stantec Architectural, which managed the design, engineering, and construction of the tower.