Located on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. It is home to 932,546 individuals making it the second-most populous city in Alberta. The city has 22 buildings that are over 100 m in height. The first true skyscraper of the city was the CN Tower (Edmonton) which was built in 1966. For five years since its construction, the CN Tower stood as the tallest building in Western Canada. Edmonton experienced its real construction boom in the 1970s during the oil shocks. 10 of the 20 tallest buildings of the city were built during this time. However, the construction of skyscrapers in the city experienced a lag between the mid-1980s and the early 2000s. Low oil prices triggered this downfall. As of late 2014, Edmonton had 249 high-rise buildings and several under construction or approved for construction.
1. Stantec Tower
The 250.9 m tall Stantec Tower is the tallest building in Edmonton and the tallest building in the country outside Toronto. It is located in the Ice District in downtown Edmonton. The tower has space for offices, retail space, and 454 residential units accommodated in the 66 stories of the building. The design and engineering work of the building was handled by Stantec Inc and construction was started in the fall of 2014.
2. The JW Marriott Edmonton Ice District & Residences
This 192.5 m tall building was the tallest in Edmonton before the construction of the Stantec Tower. It is a mixed-use skyscraper that is also located in the Ice District. The building has been planned to house the J.W. Marriott hotel in the lower section while the upper part will have residential condos of Legends Private Residences.
3. Epcor Tower
Epcor Tower, an office tower, is Edmonton’s third-highest building. It is 149.4 m tall and is located in downtown Edmonton. Two spires cap the tower which is in turn capped with four flagpoles each. The construction of the Epcor Tower was started in 2008 and it was completed in 2011. The building was designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. It has 28 floors and a floor area of 58,100 square km.
4. Manulife Place
With a height of 146.4 m, the Manulife Place is Edmonton’s fourth-tallest building. It houses several offices, restaurants, and a shopping center. Manulife Place is located in downtown Edmonton at the corner of 102 Avenue and 101 Street. The building has 36 floors. Its construction was started in 1981 and completed in 1983. Between 1983 and 2011, the Manulife Place was Edmonton’s tallest building before it was overtaken by Epcor Tower.
5. TELUS House
The 134.4 m tall TELUS House is the fifth tallest building in the city. It is part of the ATB Place, an office complex consisting of two towers in downtown Toronto. The TELUShouse and the ATB Place Tower are the two buildings of this complex that are separately owned. The TELUS House houses the main provincial offices for Telus. The TELUShouse or the south tower was completed in 1971. Initially, it was named the AGT Tower. From 1971 to 1983, TELUS House was Edmonton’s tallest building. It has 34 stories with an observation deck that provides a panoramic view of the city.