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An urban renewal project that meshes the old with the new, the Arriva development features a modern high-rise tower and two heritage designated schools.

The 34-storey contemporary glass and concrete residential tower is located on a concrete podium that contains commercial and office units, as well as the entries to the tower residences above.The podium features four levels of underground parking and developed surface areas with gardens and surface parking situated as part of the original sandstone Victoria School and wood-framed Bungalow School buildings.The development’s constrained site and location near Calgary’s downtown core greatly influenced the final design of the tower.

The shoring, excavation and construction phasing and staging, had an effect on the planning of the site, as well as the overall design of the building.

Similarly, the two heritage schools located on the site, affected the design of the podiums and the below-grade parking levels, as the schools were constructed on shallow foundations.

RJC was part of the design and planning for the relocated civil service vaults with the below-grade parking levels and the location of the foundation walls and shoring in close proximity to lot lines and road clearance setbacks.The podium was designed with flexibility in mind so that different tenants could be accommodated.An example of this was the inclusion of a main floor with increased ceiling height and the inclusion of steel constructed mezzanine floors that tenants can redesigned or modify for their specific needs.

The flexibility allows tenants more prominent entries or expanded and customized studios spaces.

Project Specifications

Calgary, AB

Building Structure Type
Residential / High-Rise / Parking Facility - Below Grade / Residential - Condominium/Strata

Torode Residential Ltd.

Zeidler Architecture

Torode Construction Ltd.

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