List of tallest buildings in Calgary

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Map of downtown Calgary showing the locations of the city's ten tallest buildings
Central portion of Calgary skyline, taken from the northwest.
Calgary Skyline

At a municipal population of 1,235,171[1] as of April 1, 2016, and a metropolitan population of 1,469,300[2] as of July 1, 2016, Calgary is both the largest city and largest metropolitan area in the Canadian province of Alberta. In Calgary, the tallest building in the city is Brookfield Place, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2017.[3][4] Standing at 56 stories, 247 m (810 ft), it is the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto. The second-tallest building in the city is The Bow, standing at 58-storeys, 236 m (774 ft). The third-tallest building in the city is Suncor Energy Centre, standing at 215 m (705 ft) tall with 53 storeys,[5] which is to be overtaken by Telus Sky in 2018, standing at 222 m (728 ft) and 59 storeys tall.[6] The Calgary Tower is included in this list 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.[7] 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. As of May 2017 Calgary hosts 369 buildings over 35 m (115 ft) complete and under construction, 83 of which are 100 m (328 ft) or more and are all in the downtown area. This is the second highest concentration of skyscrapers in Canada, second to Downtown Toronto.[8]

As of May 2017, there are 14 skyscrapers over 100 m (328 ft) under construction, along with another 30 skyscrapers over 100 m (328 ft) approved and proposed, with a further 56 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 tallest and third tallest buildings in Western Canada between 2016 and 2018, Brookfield Place East and Telus Sky respectively.[8]

Buildings[edit]

Brookfield Place, tallest building in Calgary, and currently the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.

As of February 2017, there are 36 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 February, 2017[9]
Rank Building Address Height Floors Completed Image
1 Brookfield Place East 210 - 7 Avenue SW 247 m (810 ft) 56 2017
Brookfield Place East
2 The Bow 500 Centre Street SE 236 m (774 ft) 58 2012
The Bow
3 Suncor Energy Centre - West 150 6 Avenue SW 215 m (705 ft)[10] 53 1984
Suncor Energy Centre
4 Eighth Avenue Place I 513 8 Avenue SW 212 m (697 ft) 51 2011
Eighth Avenue Place
5= Bankers Hall - West 888 3 Street SW 197 m (646 ft)[11] 52[12] 2000
Bankers Hall - West
5= Bankers Hall - East 855 2 Street SW 197 m (646 ft)[13] 52[12] 1989
Bankers Hall - East
N/A Calgary Tower 101 9th Avenue SW 191 m (627 ft) 1968
Tower from below
7 Centennial Place - East 520 - 3rd Avenue SW 182 m (597 ft) 41 2010
Centennial Place
8= Eighth Avenue Place II 585 8 Avenue SW 177 m (581 ft) 41 2014
8= Canterra Tower 400 3 Avenue SW 177 m (581 ft)[14] 45[15] 1988
Canterra Tower
8= TransCanada Tower 450 1 Street SW 177 m (581 ft) 38 2001
TransCanada Tower
11 Jamieson Place 308 4 Avenue SW 172 m (564 ft) 38 2009
Jamieson Place
12 First Canadian Centre 350 7 Avenue SW 167 m (548 ft) 41 1982
First Canadian Centre
13 Western Canadian Place - North 707 8 Avenue SW 164 m (538 ft) 41 1983
Western Canadian Place North
14 TD Canada Trust Tower 421 7 Avenue SW 162 m (531 ft) 40 1991
TD Canada Trust Tower
15 City Centre I 215 2 Street SW 162 m (531 ft) 37 2016
16 Scotia Centre 700 2 Street SW 155 m (509 ft) 41 1976
Scotia Centre
17 Nexen Building 801 7 Avenue SW 153 m (502 ft) 37 1982
Nexen Building
18= The Guardian North 1122 3 St SE 147 m (482 ft) 44 2016
18= The Guardian South 1188 11 Ave SE 147 m (482 ft) 44 2016
20 Bow Valley Square 2 205 5 Avenue SW 143 m (469 ft) 39 1975
Bow Valley Square
21 Dome Tower 333 7 Avenue SW 141 m (463 ft) 35 1977
Dome Tower
22= Fifth and Fifth Building 505 5 Avenue SW 140 m (460 ft) 34 1980
Fifth and Fifth Building.jpg
22= Shell Centre 4 Avenue SW 140 m (460 ft) 33 1977
Shell Centre
24 Home Oil Tower 324 8 Avenue SW 137 m (449 ft) 34 1977
Home Oil Tower
25 Bow Valley Square 4 205 5 Avenue SW 134 m (440 ft) 37 1981
Bow Valley Square
26= Fifth Avenue Place East 425 1 Street SW 133 m (436 ft) 35 1981
Fifth Avenue Place East
26= Fifth Avenue Place West 237 4 Avenue SW 133 m (436 ft) 35 1981
Fifth Avenue Place West
28 Suncor Energy Centre - East 111 5 Avenue SW 130 m (430 ft)[16] 33 1984
Petro-Canada Centre
29 Calgary Courts Centre 601 5th Street SW 129 m (423 ft) 26 2007
Calgary Courts Centre
30= Western Canadian Place - South 707 8 Avenue SW 128 m (420 ft)[17] 32 1983
Western Canadian Place South
30= Arriva 34 1111 Olympic Way SE 128 m (420 ft) 34 2007
Arriva Tower
32 Altius Centre 500 4 Avenue SW 126 m (413 ft) 32 1973
Altius Centre
33 EnCana Place 150 9 Ave SW 125 m (410 ft) 31 1982
EnCana Place
34= Stock Exchange Tower 300 5 Ave SW 124 m (407 ft) 31 1979
Stock Exchange Tower
34= Hewlett Packard Tower 715 5 Ave SW 124 m (407 ft) 33 1975
Hewlett Packard Tower
36 Five West East Tower 910 5th Avenue SW 123 m (404 ft) 28 2008
Five West East Tower
Panorama of the Eastern side of the Calgary Skyline summer 2016, taken from the south.
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 [18] 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
Telus Sky 222 m (728 ft) 60 Mixed-use
West Village Towers I 150 m (492 ft) 41 Residential
428 Sixth Avenue - West Tower 142 m (466 ft) 38 Residential
Marriott Rental Tower 127 m (417 ft) 37 Residential
Vogue 125 m (410 ft) 36 Residential
West Village Towers II 125 m (410 ft)  ? Residential
707 Fifth 124 m (407 ft) 27 Office
Residence Inn by Marriott 117 m (384 ft) 33 Hotel
The Royal 115 m (377 ft) 34 Residential
Park Point I 107 m (351 ft) 35 Residential
6th & Tenth 105 m (344 ft) 31 Residential
Underwood Tower 103 m (338 ft) 31 Residential
West Village Towers III 100 m (328 ft)  ? Residential

Approved[edit]

Building Height Floors Use
Brookfield Place West 178 m (584 ft) 40 Office
633 Third 167 m (548 ft) 46 Mixed-use
Portfolio IV 147 m (482 ft) 44 Residential
Point 138 m (453 ft) 43 Residential
City Centre II 132 m (433 ft) 47 Mixed-use
First Canadian Centre East 123 m (404 ft) 27 Office
One 122 m (400 ft) 37 Residential
101 - 11 Avenue SE 120 m (394 ft) 37 Residential
Palliser West 118 m (387 ft) 26 Office
Palliser Square II 118 m (387 ft) 26 Office
W4 Eau Claire 109 m (358 ft) 33 Residential
Marriott Autograph Hotel 100 m (328 ft) 29 Hotel
Orchard I ~100 m (328 ft) 30 Residential
Orchard II ~100 m (328 ft) 30 Residential
Portfolio III ~100 m (328 ft) 29 Residential

Proposed/on-hold[edit]

Building Height Floors Use
Oxford Place 262 m (860 ft) 62 Office
Kings on Fourth 210 m (689 ft) 47 Mixed-use
Brentwood Common ~140 m (459 ft) 40 Residential
Eau Claire Market I 135 m (443 ft) 35 Office
500 Block North 133 m (436 ft) 38 Residential
1520 East 123 m (404 ft) 37 Residential
12th Avenue ~118 m (387 ft) 38 Residential
500 Block South 112 m (367 ft) 32 Residential
International Hotel Expansion 110 m (361 ft) 29 Hotel
Myriad II ~110 m (361 ft) 35 Residential
1520 West 108 m (354 ft) 32 Residential
Century Gardens 101 m (331 ft) 22 Office
Sutton Place Hotel 100 m (328 ft)  ? Hotel
Currie II 100 m (328 ft) 30 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 2011–2017 236 / 774 58
The Bow
Brookfield Place East 210 - 7 Avenue SW 2017–present 247 m (810 ft) 56
Brookfield Place East

Other buildings[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ Emporis. "Western Canadian Place - South". Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  18. ^ http://www2.calgarypubliclibrary.com/calgary/historic_tours/corner/ge.htm