Looking more closely at that pic, it's definitely a construction drilling unit. I thought maybe soil sampling at first, but now thinking construction. You're probably right Spring2000, it's the start of one of the phases.
And the two towers will be not far from the 28 storey Hub.Sorry for the bump without technically new info, but I just realized that the residential tower in this one is proposed at 14 storeys tall, with the taller office at 11 storeys. Pretty cool we'll be getting a couple new high rises added to the city inventory. Hoping that the added density, along with the Cancer Centre, will spur the city to finally make a decision on the type of transit they want to use for the Northwest Hub region (I'm personally hoping for a Detroit People Mover type system).
It hasn't seemed to be as much of a case in Calgary, but I've read some articles that street level light rail/streetcars get political buy-in easier because they're "fancier" modes of transportation.Even a streetcar looping the area would be more preferable to buses. If buses are so easily the best option, why has the city been investigating what transit technology to use in the NW hub for years?
Portland has a dedicated aerial tram for a hospital. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Aerial_Tram Morgan Town Rapid Transit is a system at West Virginia University which has a hospital stop, which was a PRT prototype from the 70s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgantown_Personal_Rapid_TransitI just can't think of any dedicated rail transit to hospitals. Staff wouldn't provide enough capacity. I would think visitors and patients would choose other modes over transit when visiting a hospital too.
Thanks. I didn't know about the Portland line. Both have unique circumstances for their construction.Portland has a dedicated aerial tram for a hospital. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Aerial_Tram Morgan Town Rapid Transit is a system at West Virginia University which has a hospital stop, which was a PRT prototype from the 70s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgantown_Personal_Rapid_Transit
A bus route only needs sign posts and some buses. Calgary Transit already has those. The mode is being debated. Elevation is expensive. The line would cost hundreds of millions. Each station would be tens of millions more. It doesn't make sense to build a station for the proposal at Stadium shopping centre. A streetcar would be less but, still very expensive over a community bus service. Both a streetcar line or a people mover would also be introducing new technology to Calgary Transit requiring maintenance facilities and specialized training.If the Stadium shopping centre had two or three good sized residential towers as well as plenty of shopping, combined with Banff Trail TOD development (with a few towers built up), I could see the possibility of a transit loop of some kind
University LRT <-> University <-> Hospital < -> Stadium shopping centre <-> Banff Trail LRT
Whether the loop is a bus, street car or elevated train, etc... depends, but between the University and the hospital there is a pretty substantial workforce.