Tower stands tall in Belt­line

Guardian avoids ‘ma­jor dam­age’

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A sky­scraper un­der con­struc­tion in the Belt­line Dis­trict — one of the largest in Al­berta — stood tall as flood­ing rav­aged some of the city’s down­town, not sus­tain­ing “any ma­jor dam­age,” says its de­vel­oper.

The Guardian is a 42-storey tower on a site in the his­toric neigh­bour­hood of Vic­to­ria Park across the street from Stam­pede Park.

“We were ex­tremely for­tu­nate that our site did not sus­tain any ma­jor dam­age,” says Nicholas Hon, pres­i­dent of de­vel­oper Hon Tow­ers. “Other sites I saw were not so lucky.”

Hon says progress on the pro­ject’s un­der­ground parkade made a dif­fer­ence.

“The dam­age would have been cat­a­strophic if our sub­struc­ture was not com­plete,” he says.

“The low­est level of our un­der­ground parkade was flooded af­ter the power out­age, our sump pumps and gen­er­a­tors stopped (and) there will be some clean up re­quired from that.”

Hon says that while the parkade’s en­trance ramp was built to the city’s guide­lines, had the flood been higher, “wa­ter would have rushed down the ramp and the en­tire parkade would have been sub­merged in a mat­ter of min­utes.

“For­tu­nately that didn’t hap­pen and the en­gi­neer­ing worked the way it was sup­posed to — and it with- stood a flood of this mag­ni­tude.”

An­other rea­son the Guardian didn’t see more dam­age was its lo­ca­tion, says Hon, adding it’s at “one of the high­est points” in Vic­to­ria Park.

“Aerial pho­tos and footage showed the en­tire city block act­ing as an is­land dur­ing the flood,” he says. “Even the cars that were in the al­ley­way re­mained dry.”

The pro­ject is slated for com­ple­tion in De­cem­ber 2014.


Calgary Her­ald/files

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the Guardian condo tower in Vic­to­ria Park.

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