List of tallest buildings in Calgary

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Map of downtown Calgary showing the locations of the city's ten tallest buildings.
Calgary Skyline
View of Calgary's skyline from Nose Hill Park, overlooking the downtown core & facing SE, summer 2013
Winter sunset
Skyline around the Saddledome

Calgary is the largest city in Alberta, Canada. In Calgary, there are 56 buildings that stand taller than 100 metres (328 ft). The tallest building in the city is The Bow, standing at 58 stories, 236 m (774 ft). It is the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto. The second-tallest building in the city is the 53-storey, 215 m (705 ft) Suncor Energy Centre.[1] The third-tallest building in the city is Eighth Avenue Place I, standing at 212.3 m (697 ft) tall with 49 storeys.[2] The Calgary tower is included for comparison purposes; however, it is not ranked since it is not considered a habitable building.

Calgary's history of towers began with the Grain Exchange Building (1910), the Fairmont Palliser Hotel (1914), and the Elveden Centre. Building construction remained slow in the city until the early 1970s. From 1970 to 1990, Calgary witnessed a major expansion of skyscraper and high-rise construction. Many of the city's office towers were completed during this period, such as the First Canadian Centre and the Canterra Tower office towers. A ten-year lull in building construction came after the expansion, though Calgary experienced a larger second building expansion beginning in the late 90s and continuing into the present.[3] Currently, the city has height restrictions that prevent any building from casting a shadow over the Bow River and the city hall, however, winter months are excluded from this limit. There is no other imposed limits elsewhere in the city, which could allow for some extremely tall buildings. The Bow Tower was originally rumored to be at least 1000 feet tall but reduced to comply with these rules.

The tallest development that is under construction in Calgary is Brookfield Place East. On November 28, 2012, it was announced that the redesigned proposal for Herald Square would be increased, making it taller than The Bow which was recently completed as Calgary's tallest building. At 247 m (810 ft) and 56 stories, the building is expected to become the tallest in the city and outside of Toronto.

As of March 2013, there are 16 skyscrapers over 100 m (328 ft) and 47 high-rises over 35 m (115 ft) under construction, approved for construction, and proposed for construction in the City of Calgary. After this skyscraper boom, Calgary's skyline will have dramatically changed, having added at least the new tallest and third tallest buildings in Western Canada in 2012, The Bow and Eighth Avenue Place respectively.[4]

Buildings[edit]

As of March 2014, there are 32 completed buildings that stand at least 122 m (400 ft) in Calgary. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings

Buildings completed as of March, 2014[5]
Rank Building Address Height Floors Completed Image
1 The Bow 500 Centre Street SE 236 m (774 ft) 58 2012
The Bow
2 Suncor Energy Centre - West 150 6 Avenue SW 215 m (705 ft)[6] 53 1984
Suncor Energy Centre
3 Eighth Avenue Place I 513 8 Avenue SW 212 m (697 ft) 49 2011
Eighth Avenue Place
4= Bankers Hall - West 888 3 Street SW 197 m (646 ft)[7] 52[8] 2000
Bankers Hall - West
4= Bankers Hall - East 855 2 Street SW 197 m (646 ft)[9] 52[8] 1989
Bankers Hall - East
N/A Calgary Tower 101 9th Avenue SW 191 m (627 ft) 1968
Tower from below
6 Centennial Place - East 520 - 3rd Avenue SW 182 m (597 ft) 41 2010
Centennial Place
7= Eighth Avenue Place II 585 8 Avenue SW 177 m (581 ft) 41 2014
7= Canterra Tower 400 3 Avenue SW 177 m (581 ft)[10] 45[11] 1988
Canterra Tower
7= TransCanada Tower 450 1 Street SW 177 m (581 ft) 38 2001
TransCanada Tower
10 Jamieson Place 308 4 Avenue SW 172 m (564 ft) 38 2009
Jamieson Place
11 First Canadian Centre 350 7 Avenue SW 167 m (548 ft) 41 1982
First Canadian Centre
12 Western Canadian Place - North 707 8 Avenue SW 164 m (538 ft) 41 1983
Western Canadian Place North
13 TD Canada Trust Tower 421 7 Avenue SW 162 m (531 ft) 40 1991
TD Canada Trust Tower
14 Scotia Centre 700 2 Street SW 155 m (509 ft) 41 1976
Scotia Centre
15 Nexen Building 801 7 Avenue SW 153 m (502 ft) 37 1982
Nexen Building
16 Bow Valley Square 2 205 5 Avenue SW 143 m (469 ft) 39 1975
Bow Valley Square
17 Dome Tower 333 7 Avenue SW 141 m (463 ft) 30 1977
Dome Tower
18= Fifth and Fifth Building 505 5 Avenue SW 140 m (460 ft) 34 1980
Fifth and Fifth Building.jpg
18= Shell Centre 4 Avenue SW 140 m (460 ft) 33 1977
Shell Centre
20 Home Oil Tower 324 8 Avenue SW 137 m (449 ft) 29 1977
Home Oil Tower
21 Bow Valley Square 4 205 5 Avenue SW 134 m (440 ft) 37 1981
Bow Valley Square
22= Fifth Avenue Place East 425 1 Street SW 133 m (436 ft) 35 1981
Fifth Avenue Place East
22= Fifth Avenue Place West 237 4 Avenue SW 133 m (436 ft) 35 1981
Fifth Avenue Place West
24 Suncor Energy Centre - East 111 5 Avenue SW 130 m (430 ft)[12] 33 1984
Petro-Canada Centre
25 Calgary Courts Centre 601 5th Street SW 129 m (423 ft) 26 2007
Calgary Courts Centre
26= Western Canadian Place - South 707 8 Avenue SW 128 m (420 ft)[13] 32 1983
Western Canadian Place South
26= Arriva 34 1111 Olympic Way SE 128 m (420 ft) 34 2007
Arriva Tower
28 Altius Centre 500 4 Avenue SW 126 m (413 ft) 32 1973
Altius Centre
29 EnCana Place 150 9 Ave SW 125 m (410 ft) 31 1982
EnCana Place
30= Stock Exchange Tower 300 5 Ave SW 124 m (407 ft) 31 1979
Stock Exchange Tower
30= Hewlett Packard Tower 715 5 Ave SW 124 m (407 ft) 33 1975
Hewlett Packard Tower
32 Five West East Tower 910 5th Avenue SW 123 m (404 ft) 28 2008
Five West East Tower
Downtown Calgary in 2010, with The Bow building under construction at left.

Towers[edit]

Observation/Communication towers completed as of October, 2006
Rank Building Address Height Completed Image
=1 CFCN-DT Tower 1* Old Banff Coach Road SW 250 m (820 ft) 1954
=1 CFCN-DT Tower 2* Old Banff Coach Road SW 250 m (820 ft) 1954  
3 Calgary Tower 101 9th Avenue SW 191 m (627 ft) 1968
Calgary Tower

(*) Although Calgary's two largest structures are actually CFCN-TV's twin communication towers, they are not self-supporting and are assisted by cables (guyed). This is not unlike most stand-alone communications antennae.

Historic towers[edit]

Notable historical towers
Building Address Height Floors Completed Notes Image
Ski Jump (Canada Olympic Park) 88 Canada Olympic Park Road SW 90 m n/a 1987 The taller of three ski jump towers built for the 1988 Winter Olympics; 90 meters is the distance a ski jumper travels from the terminus, not the height of the structure
Canada Olympic Park
Elveden House (part of Elveden Centre) 727 7th Avenue SW 80 m 20 1960 Calgary's first skyscraper
Elveden House
Fairmont Palliser Hotel 133 9th Avenue SW 60 m 12 1914 Calgary's tallest building 1914-1958
Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Grain Exchange Building [14] 815 1st Street SW 6 1910 First building in Calgary with an elevator
Grain Exchange Building

Projects[edit]

The following is a list of buildings that are under construction, approved, or proposed in Calgary that are planned to rise at least 100 m (328 ft).

Under Construction[edit]

Building Height Floors Use
Brookfield Place east 247 m (810 ft) 56 Office
City Centre I 170 m (558 ft) 37 Office
The Guardian 146 m (479 ft) 44 Residential
The Guardian II 146 m (479 ft) 44 Residential
Vogue 125 m (410 ft) 36 Residential
Eau Claire Tower 120 m (394 ft) 25 Office
Alura 116 m (381 ft) 36 Residential
Mark on 10th 110 m (361 ft) 34 Residential
Pulse 107 m (351 ft) 33 Residential


Approved[edit]

Building Height Floors Use
Telus Sky 221 m (725 ft) 58 Mixed-use
Brookfield Place west 178 m (584 ft) 40 Office
City Centre II 162 m (531 ft) 47 Hotel
3 Eau Claire 160 m (525 ft) 50 Mixed-use
Manulife Tower 124 m (407 ft) 27 Office
Palliser West 118 m (387 ft) 26 Office
Palliser Square II 118 m (387 ft) 26 Office
6th & Tenth 105 m (344 ft) 31 Residential


Proposed/On-hold[edit]

Building Height Floors Use
Kings on Fourth 210 m (689 ft) 47 Mixed-use
West Village Towers I ~149 m (489 ft)  ? Residential
Eau Claire Market I ~132 m (433 ft) 30 Office
West Village Towers II ~124 m (407 ft)  ? Residential
First Canadian Centre East 122.8 m (403 ft) 27 Office
WAM on 10th West Tower ~118 m (387 ft) 34 Residential
International Hotel Expansion 110 m (361 ft) 29 Hotel
Mount Royal Tower 108 m (354 ft) 32 Residential
Residence Inn by Marriott 106 m (348 ft) 33 Hotel
Evolution II 104 m (341 ft) 32 Residential
Century Gardens 101 m (331 ft) 22 Office
West Village Towers I ~100 m (328 ft)  ? Residential

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Calgary. Although it is not a building, the Calgary Tower was the city's tallest free standing structure from 1968 until 1983 when it was surpassed by the Suncor Energy Centre's West tower.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
m / ft
Floors Image
Fairmont Palliser Hotel 133 9th Avenue SW 1914–1958 60 / 197 12
Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Elveden House 727 7th Avenue SW 1960-1968 80 / 262 20
Elveden House
One Calgary Place 330 5 Avenue SW 1968-1973 110 / 361 30
One Calgary Place
Altius Centre 500 4 Avenue SW 1973-1974 126 / 413 32
Altius Centre
Bow Valley Square 2 205 5 Avenue SW 1974-1976 143 / 469 39
Bow Valley Square
Scotia Centre 700 2 Street SW 1976-1982 155 / 509 41
Scotia Centre
First Canadian Centre 350 7 Avenue SW 1982-1984 167 / 548 41
First Canadian Centre
Suncor Energy Centre - West 150 6 Avenue SW 1984-2011 215 / 705 53
Suncor Energy Centre
The Bow 500 Centre Street SE 2011-present 236 / 774 58
The Bow

Other buildings[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suncor Energy Centre". Skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Eighth Avenue Place I". Skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Calgary skyscraper map". Skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
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  5. ^ Emporis. "Calgary High-rise Buildings (completed)". Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  6. ^ Emporis (2007). "Petro-Canada Centre - West Tower". Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  7. ^ Emporis. "Bankers Hall East". Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  8. ^ a b Skyscraper Pages. "Bankers Hall West". Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  9. ^ Emporis. "Bankers Hall East". Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  10. ^ Emporis. "Canterra Tower". Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  11. ^ Skyscraper Pages. "Canterra Tower". Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  12. ^ Emporis (2007). "Petro-Canada Centre - East Tower". Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  13. ^ Emporis. "Western Canadian Place - South". Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  14. ^ http://www2.calgarypubliclibrary.com/calgary/historic_tours/corner/ge.htm