Epcor Tower

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Epcor Tower
Completed EPCOR Tower in July 2011
Epcor Tower is located in Edmonton
Epcor Tower
Location within Edmonton
General information
Status Complete
Type Office, retail
Location 10423 101 St NW Edmonton, Alberta
Coordinates 53°32′51″N 113°29′34″W / 53.54750°N 113.49278°W / 53.54750; -113.49278Coordinates: 53°32′51″N 113°29′34″W / 53.54750°N 113.49278°W / 53.54750; -113.49278
Construction started 2008
Completed 2011
Cost C$250 million
($257 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Antenna spire 149.345 m (489.98 ft)
Roof 137.30 m (450.5 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 28
Floor area 625,000 sq ft (58,100 m2).
Lifts/elevators 6 high speed, mid-rise & 6 high speed, high-rise elevators, Oversize dedicated freight elevator serving all floors and loading dock, 3 parkade elevators
Design and construction
Architect Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd
Developer Qualico Group
Main contractor Ledcor

The Epcor Tower is an office tower in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that is part of the Station Lands project. The tower is capped by two spires that top out at 137.3 m and these capped with four flagpoles each. When the flagpoles are taken into account, it is currently the tallest building in Edmonton. However, at 146 meters (479 ft), Manulife Place remains the tallest structure.[6]


Development of the tower first started in May 2007 when Epcor Utilities began seeking proposals from developers to lease 260,000 square feet (24,000 m2) of office space for their 1,100 employees in downtown Edmonton.[7]

It was announced on December 7, 2007, that the company had chosen Qualico to provide the space with the construction of new office tower on the Station Lands site by the CN Tower. Epcor would entered into a 20-year lease to become the anchor tenant of the tower with an option for a 15-year renewal.[8] The structure would be certified to a silver standard or higher under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED certification is a widely used standard for reducing energy, water and other resources in buildings.[9] With the construction of the building, Edmonton would get its first new office tower in 17 years. Due to the nature of the anchor tenant, the building has been nicknamed the "Power Tower".

Construction of tower started in the spring of 2008 and was completed in 2011.[10]

In April 2008, Edmonton City Council approved $45 million in funding to run a rapid transit line through the basement of the new building.[11] Also in April, Qualico announced plans to bid on the right to host a new Canadian national portrait gallery in the new building.[12] However, the federal government scrapped the plan later in the year.[13]


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  1. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2013-12-20. Retrieved January 8, 2014
  2. ^ Epcor Tower at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  3. ^ Epcor Tower at Emporis
  4. ^ Epcor Tower at SkyscraperPage
  5. ^ "Epcor Tower Edmonton". HH Angus & Associates. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Mah, Bill (June 15, 2010). "Flagpoles will make Epcor Tower tallest". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "EPCOR calls for office space leasing proposals". CNW Group. May 14, 2007. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ Chalmers, Ron (December 8, 2007). "New Epcor tower to rise on former station site". Edmonton Journal. Canada.com. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "EPCOR Tower at Station Lands to become EPCOR's new Edmonton headquarters". CNW Group. December 7, 2007. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mah, Bill (September 15, 2011). "Epcor Tower opens doors to first tenants this week". Edmonton Journal. Canada.com. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "LRT line likely to go under Epcor". Edmonton Journal. April 9, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Portrait gallery bid in works". Edmonton Journal. April 10, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tories abruptly scrap national portrait gallery plan". CTV.ca. November 7, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 

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