Calgary City Centre, Phase 1

Calgary, Alberta

Zeidler and Zeidler BKDI
Cadillac Fairview Corporation
Size: 928,000 sq.ft. (86,200 sq.m.)
LEED: Platinum for Core and Shell Development

At 37-storeys, Calgary City Centre Phase 1 is a signature tower that has rejuvenated an entire downtown block with over 928,000 sq. ft. of Class A, state-of-the-art office space, retail, and other facilities, and also includes a landscaped streetscape and rooftop terrace.

A significant addition to the Calgary skyline, the building’s stepped crown features a lighting art installation. Another unique architectural element is the subtle curtain wall detailing, which creates a dynamic effect across the facade. The 2-storey podium features a glazed lobby with 30-ft ceilings. Designed to enhance the quality of life in the urban core, the podium has a full complement of amenities, including retail spaces, tenant services, and restaurants. Two stylish bridges link the building to the Calgary +15 Skywalk network, supporting an integrated pedestrian environment. Certified LEED® Platinum, the building’s sustainable design includes: high-performance glazing, intelligent lighting controls, and 50% green roof coverage. The building features secure bicycle storage and shower facilities, and is located next to public transit routes. 

In the development stages, our team worked with the Downtown Calgary Association and Eau Claire Association and gained their support. The project was praised by the Urban Design Review panel and approved by Council. Our resulting design successfully balances the objectives and interests of Calgary’s private sector and public realm with its mix of office space, public and private amenities. 

Calgary City Centre represents a high-level of commitment to and confidence in the city’s future as a business centre. The project’s design, street presence and first-class amenities demonstrate the positive evolution of Calgary’s downtown urban landscape.


  • Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects 2015 - Commercial, Over $50 Million, 2015