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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 | 39 two podium levels (main lobby, fitness and conference centre on the 2nd floor) to the 16 floors of office space, and a two-storey mechanical penthouse. In order to open up the lobby area, structural modifications were nec- essary to reinforce the columns and core, and a large section of the second floor concrete slab had to be removed. "The re-massed podium required the existing second floor to be demol- ished to create a two-storey open lobby space," explains King. "The existing columns and elevator core needed to be strengthened before any demoli- tion could take place. We also removed the concrete floor to the second floor elevator lobby and replaced it with a glass walkway." Crystal Glass Canada (Commercial Division) provided the incredibly impressive interior glazing package to the HSBC Bank and office space which included office fronts, vestibule glass entrance doors, and an Engineered Glasswall System (designed by Dialog and Engineered through Crystal Glass). "The highlight of our scope was the engineered 30-foot high Interior Vestibule Glasswall with 20-milli- metre thick clear laminated [safety] glass," explains Dylan Schiewe, com- mercial (construction) division manager at Crystal Glass Canada Ltd. "We placed a Spider-Crane inside of HSBC to erect the structure, which is supported by stainless steel spider fit- tings and 24-millimetre thick clear laminated glass fins." For the building's systems, a great deal of attention has been paid not just to the mechanical and electrical sys- tems (which have been replaced with energy-efficient technologies), but to the building's security and commu- nication systems, helping make HSBC Place a highly intelligent building. "As an integration provider, our objective is to take pieces from differ- ent puzzles and place them into one board. We integrated systems that typically remain independent such as HVAC, lighting, access control, build- ing management, and intercom and video [CCT V] into one single solution," explains Eddison Sambury, project manager at Fibertel Communications Canada Inc. For an added convenience the owner wanted to provide its tenants with the ability to access various areas of the building such as the parkade, wellness centre, and even the eleva- tors from their cell phones. "It was challenging as we are working on one building that has multiple systems and we had to make sure it would all come together seamlessly. This required close collaboration and input from multiple parties to ensure its success," explains Sambury. Perhaps one of the most challeng- ing aspects, not just for Fibertel but for all the teams working on the project, has been that during the renovation, the building was in part still occupied by tenants. "We couldn't just strip down the existing systems and replace them, we needed to ensure access to the building was not impeded. Working on the parkade for example, access and video [CCT V] surveillance for tenants was essential, because of this requirement FTC needed to employ a phased approach during installa- tion to ensure all tenants both new and existing were adequately cov- ered," says Sambury. Again, this required a high level of co-ordina- tion throughout, and King credits the bank employees who "were incredibly patient throughout construction." When it comes to putting the ten- ant first, the owners have truly gone above and beyond with this building. From the gender neutral and acces- sible washrooms and electric vehicle charging stations, to the focus on indoor air quality and overall health and wellness of occupants. With the project now in its final stages, the team are extremely proud of what they have achieved, and rightly so. "It has been an incredible journey and, considering the scope, the project was completed within a very short timeframe . . .18 months in total. Teamwork and having excellent relationships between all stakeholders was key to our success," says King. In conclusion, Dal Bello says: "Edmonton supports a vibrant down- town and our redeveloped HSBC Place builds off the energy of the current rejuvenation." A LOCATION 103rd Avenue and 101st Street, Edmonton, Alberta OWNER /DEVELOPER Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) ASSET AND PROPERT Y MANAGEMENT Epic Investment Services DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGN/ L ANDSCAPE ARCHITECT DIALOG GENER AL CONTR ACTOR PCL Construction Management Inc. STRUCTUR AL CONSULTANT RJC Engineers MECHANICAL /ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT Smith + Andersen BUILDING SCIENCE CONSULTANT/ COMMISSIONING Morrison Hershfield TOTAL SIZE 317,000 square feet TOTAL COST Undisclosed HSBC Place Redevelopment • Asbestos Abatement • Mold Remediation • Lead Removal • Hazardous Material Disposal • Interior Demolition Request a quote today! 780.292.0040 I • Demolition • Commercial • Residential • Infill • Industrial • Crushed Concrete Get in touch today! 780.467.9378 I All West Demo_AWARD_0220.indd 1 2/10/20 11:41 12849 - 141 STREET | Edmonton, Alberta | T5L 4N1 780.455.2299 Proud to be the Mechanical Contractors for the HSBC Place Redevelopment project. Industry Leading Mechanical. By Design. INDUSTRIAL CONTRACTORS Icon Industrial_AWARD_0220.indd 1 2/12/20 9:12

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