Epcor Tower

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Epcor Tower
Epcor Tower.JPG
Epcor Tower in May 2016
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
($268 million in 2016 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

Epcor Tower is an office tower in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The tower is capped by two spires that are capped with four flagpoles each. When the spires were taken into account, it was the tallest building in Edmonton from 2011 to 2017.[6] Epcor Tower is the first building in the Station Lands project.


Development of the tower 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 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 was 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 completion of the building, Edmonton saw its first new office tower in 17 years. Due to the nature of the anchor tenant, the building has been nicknamed the "Power Tower".[citation needed]

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

In April 2008, Edmonton City Council approved $45 million in funding to immediately build a 180-metre underground portion of the future Metro LRT line beneath the tower's underground parkade, at the same time as the building's construction. The coordinated construction effort saved the City of Edmonton approximately $140 million.[11] The remaining construction of the Metro Line resumed in 2012, with the line opening in September 2015.

Also in April 2008, 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". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 26, 2018.  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)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Epcor Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  3. ^ Epcor Tower at Emporis
  4. ^ "Epcor Tower". SkyscraperPage. 
  5. ^ "Epcor Tower Edmonton". HH Angus & Associates. Archived from the original on May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Mah, Bill (June 15, 2010). "Flagpoles will make Epcor Tower tallest". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "EPCOR calls for office space leasing proposals". CNW Group. May 14, 2007. Archived from the original on May 20, 2014. 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. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Portrait gallery bid in works". Edmonton Journal. April 10, 2008. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tories abruptly scrap national portrait gallery plan". CTV.ca. November 7, 2008. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Manulife Place
Tallest building in Edmonton
149 m
Succeeded by
JW Marriott Edmonton