Nearly two months after we last checked in at the MacKimmie Tower retrofit at the University of Calgary, and the re-cladding of the 15-storey tower is now imminent. The recent installation of a steel exoskeleton - put in place to take the weight of the glass curtain wall - has signalled that it will not be long now before the 1960s-era tower enters the final stage of its modern transformation. 

MacKimmie Tower, steel support exoskeleton, image by forum contributor UrbanWarrior

The larger of two structures to eventually make up the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Redevelopment, the mid-century tower has been reimagined by DIALOG as a sleek, glass-wrapped beacon of higher learning. The tower will henceforth be known as the roll-off-the-tongue Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, which will soon welcome 500 full-load business students. 

MacKimmie Tower, context view, image by forum contributor UrbanWarrior

The new skin will be complemented by a range of solar panels, thereby adding a significant green element to the development. To be joined at ground level by a 4-storey addition, also to be graced with a range of solar panels, the Complex in full will add a sizeable new piece to the U of C's ever-expanding urban footprint.

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

Once complete, the MacKimmie Complex will add an exciting new wing to the University of Calgary, the forward-thinking design and sustainable vibe representing a positive new addition to the campus. 

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