October 3, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Global design firm Kasian has been selected to lead the design of the Federal Building and Centennial Plaza project in Edmonton. The existing landmark building, originally constructed in 1958, has been unoccupied since 1989. It will undergo a contemporary transformation that will give it new purpose and reconnect it with the city. The design will focus on preservation and sustainability while drawing inspiration from the Art Deco style of the original architecture.
The commission was awarded by Alberta Infrastructure after a public competitive process. The project, situated on the Edmonton Legislature grounds, includes the rejuvenation of the Federal Building, a new 650-stall underground parkade, and a new public plaza that will extend the grounds to 99th Avenue. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.
“Our team is committed to preserving the heritage, spirit, and dignity of the Edmonton Federal Building,” said Bill Chomik, Kasian principal. “We look forward to collaborating with the Alberta Government and the Edmonton community to deliver this legacy project.” Kasian has assembled a world-class team including heritage architects and conservation specialists Goldsmith Borgal and Company Architects along with urban design and planning specialists Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Planners.