Summer Construction Season Round Up 2016
It’s difficult not to notice the amount of construction that is taking place in Edmonton. Some of the projects are ongoing while others are partially completed. With so much construction occurring in Edmonton this year, it’s interesting to note some of the projects that have recently been completed. Here are a few projects that have either been completed or are well on their way towards the finish line.
One of the largest and most impressive construction achievements opened it’s doors on September 10th. The idea for the development of a new sports arena and entertainment facility began in 2007. The Katz Group made a formal presentation to City Council in July 2010 and by October 2011, the City voted to purchase the land proposed as the site for the new downtown arena. The final agreement was reached in 2013 and construction began in March 2014. At the cost of around 600 million dollars, the 1,110,900 square foot arena can seat more than 18,000 for an Oilers game or 20,000 for a concert. The 60,000 square foot Grand Villa Casino is attached with 600 slot machines, 28 table games, and seven restaurants.
The Edmonton Brewery District accommodates an urban lifestyle with a blend of products and services. With close proximity to MacEwan University and Edmonton’s new ice district, the Brewery District is within a block of the new transit station and future LRT line. The new Loblaw’s supermarket which opened in June is located in the Brewery District and is not a typical grocery store. With 40,000 square feet, the store offers ready to eat food, a coffee shop, patisserie, made in store gelato, an in-store dietician, juice bar and a giant wall of cheeses from all over the world. This luxury supermarket offers Edmontonians a completely different shopping experience than what they are used to.
After construction struggles due to improperly placed bridge girders, the 102 Avenue bridge was finally opened in August. Work to replace the bridge began in July 2014 and was scheduled to be finished in September 2015. Three girders buckled which pushed back the opening of the project. The completed $32 million bridge has four lanes of traffic which allows buses to cross. In addition, it has wider sidewalks and a bike lane.
Work on the Walterdale Bridge is still ongoing, however, the project achieved a major milestone in April when the second and final arch was lifted onto the structure. The 2,000-tonne arch segment was lifted 20 metres to attach to the permanent arch structures built into the berms on the north and south banks of the river. The arches are at their ultimate height of 54 metres and span 206 metres from one bank of the river to the other. The lift took about eight hours to accomplish and crews immediately began welding and bolting the structure. Ongoing work will include constructing the bridge deck and attaching it to the arch, setting bridge cables and finally… connecting roads to the new bridge to open the bridge for vehicle traffic. By 2017, the old bridge will be removed, landscaping and trail connections will be finished and the project will be completed.