Tower stands tall in Beltline
Guardian avoids ‘major damage’
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.
An artist’s rendering of the Guardian condo tower in Victoria Park.