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The Bow

500 Centre Street SE
Calgary AB Canada

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began2007
  Finished2012
Floor Count58
Basement Floors6
Floor Area157,935 m²
Building Uses
 - office
 - garden
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - atrium
Architectural Style
 - modern
 - structural expressionism
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof774 ftCity of Calgary

Description
• Architects: Foster & Partners, Zeidler Partnership Architects.

• Constructors: Matthews Southwest (Canada), Ledcor Construction, Halcrow Yolles, Gensler, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd., Sturgess Architecture, Transsolar KlimaEngineering.
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• Once built, it will be the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.

• Building named after the river that runs beside Calgary's downtown.

• As of 2006, the largest North American development ever for Foster, the design architect.

• Canada's first trussed-tube skyscraper similar to John Hancock Center and One Maritime Plaza.

• The advanced design, that makes the building 30% lighter than any its size, uses glass and steel engineering, a steel-framed structure crescent-shaped, and a position which allows maximum sunshine, and also deals effectively with summer and winter wind patterns.

• The EnCana headquarters provides space for 3,200 employees, once housed in five buildings.

• Areas:
- Typical floor: ~ 32000 ft².
- Retail and cultural space: 200000 ft².

• Canada's second largest building in floor space after First Bank Tower in downtown Toronto.

• Site of 190,000ft² and covers most of one full city block in the two block complex, which also includes a 7-story building and an extensive park-like plaza.

• Three floors, approximately 17 floors apart, will feature sky gardens, indoor park-like levels with trees and vegetation, with seating and meeting spaces serviced by express elevators.

• On announcement day, the Total cost was estimated to be between $850 million and $1 billion.

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