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100 Years of Growth

A major redevelopment of the Edmonton Federal Building to celebrate its centennial sets site for the next century

Edmonton, Alberta

New Life at the Legislature

The Centennial Plaza Project represents the implementation of phase one of Alberta Legislature Centre Redevelopment and Capital District Master Plan. What was once a gravelled parking lot, has been transformed into a major urban landscape and family-friendly attraction for all Edmontonians to use and enjoy. This newly created public space with its amenity buildings, endeavors to support the City’s vision of creating Sustainable, Vibrant, Well-designed, and Accessible spaces, while encouraging a sense of community, diversity, social interaction and engagement. It celebrates Edmonton as Alberta’s Capital and creates a destination for the citizens of Edmonton, Alberta and tourist alike, to enjoy Alberta’s popular Legislature Grounds.

Lively Links

The project carefully integrates initiatives identified within Edmonton’s Capital City Downtown Plan. These initiatives include creating a stronger accessible pedestrian link, connecting down to the river, as well extending the Heritage Trail along the 99th Ave Streetscape. Additionally, the plaza provides ample space for major cultural activities such as concerts, Canada Day Celebrations and festivals on a regional, national and international level. The plaza also offers visitors year-round activities to experience. Water activities have always been a fun part of visiting the Legislature Grounds, and with the new commemorative water feature, that celebrates the 100 Anniversary of the Alberta Legislature, this summertime tradition will be continued. For wintertime activities, the plaza has been designed to house a professional sized hockey rink where families rent states, change and enjoy refreshments at the Gatehouses and then take-in a family skate in this idyllic setting.

Project facts

Completed : 2015
Client: Alberta Infrastructure
Collaborators: Kasian, Goldsmith Borgal, Moriyama + Teshima, Stantec, Hemisphere, Genivar
LEED Registered : Gold
Cost: $41.5 Million
Builders: Clark

Achievements & Awards

Honourable Mention – Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) National Awards of Excellence

Award of Excellence – Civic Design; Edmonton Urban Design Awards