When we last checked in at the site of the MacKimmie Tower redevelopment project at the University of Calgary, the former 60s-era tower was still in the midst of its pre-retrofit tear down. Fast forward to today, however, and the tower has been fully stripped down, its concrete skeleton ready to be remade as a shiny beacon of higher learning.

MacKimmie Tower, ready for its retrofit, image by Forum contributor darwink

Soon to be the centrepiece of the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Redevelopment project, the reimagined tower by DIALOG will soon become home to the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking and up to 500 new full-load students. 

MacKimmie Tower, UofC, image by Forum contributor darwink

Set to be re-clad in a glass curtain wall, the roof of the tower will be graced with a plane of photovoltaic panels, which will add a significant sustainable element to the development. 

MacKimmie Complex and Tower, as it will appear upon completion, image via DIALOG

Considered as a whole, the reimagined MacKimmie Complex will inject a large degree of modern architecture into the heart of the UofC campus, the green-friendly project to serve the university well into the future. 

SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.