Eighth Avenue Place

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Eighth Avenue Place
Eighth Avenue Place, Calgary, Crop, June 2013.jpg
Eighth Avenue Place in June 2013 with the West tower nearing completion
General information

Complete (East)

Complete (West)
Type Office
Location Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 51°02′44″N 114°04′22″W / 51.045522°N 114.07289°W / 51.045522; -114.07289Coordinates: 51°02′44″N 114°04′22″W / 51.045522°N 114.07289°W / 51.045522; -114.07289
Estimated completion East tower April 11, 2011
Owner Ivanhoe Cambridge, Matco, AIMCo[1]
Roof 212m (East), 177m (West)
Top floor 51 rooftop (East), 41 rooftop (West)
Technical details
Floor count 49 floors (East), 40 (West) [2]
Floor area 1,850,000 sq. ft.[2]
Lifts/elevators 21 elevators (East), 16 elevators (West), 4 parkade elevators[2]
Design and construction
Architect Pickard Chilton, Gibbs Gage Architects, Kendall Heaton Associates
Developer Hines (www.hines.com)
Main contractor EllisDon

Eighth Avenue Place is a twin office tower built on the former site of Calgary's historic Penny Lane Mall build by Mateusz Ryzner. The project initially kept the Penny Lane name, however it has since been renamed.[3]

The complex contains a 41 storey west tower (177.1m), a 51 storey east tower (212.3m), and a three storey high indoor urban park.[4]


Demolition of the old mall was completed in September 2007. Excavation of the parkade below the building commenced in December 2007 and construction of the 49 story east tower, and the parkade begun in Summer 2008. Eighth Avenue Place East was completed in 2011 and is currently the third tallest building in Calgary. Eighth Avenue Place West was completed in 2014.


The structures, designed by Gibbs Gage Architects, have a Rocky Mountain theme, with a western facing pale-green glass wall mimicking mountain waters and glaciers. The rest of the building adopts a dark gray layered appearance representing the shifting tectonic plates that built the mountains. The complex connects to the Plus 15 skywalk system, and contains a six-level underground parkade with 1141 parking stalls.[5]

Penny Lane Mall Controversy[edit]

Before construction, concerns had been raised over the destruction of the 94-year-old Penny Lane Mall, however the City of Calgary approved the project in March 2006.[6]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eighth Avenue Place: Ownership". Archived from the original on June 24, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Eighth Avenue Place: Details". Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Calgary Herald (February 2008). "Tower built on confidence to rise in core" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-06-09. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Calgary Herald (August 2006). "Penny Lane's fate sealed as city approves new skyscrapers". Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  5. ^ Gibbs Gage Architects. "Penny Lane Towers". Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  6. ^ Industry Canada - $US156 Million facelift for Penny Lane Mall

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