Two weeks since we last checked in at the MacKimmie Tower redevelopment site at the University of Calgary, and progress has been moving along swiftly. Glazing work has continued apace of the ongoing installation of the steel exoskeleton foundations, the resurfaced tower to eventually sport an exterior curtain wall of glass. 

MacKimmie Tower, cladding making major progress, image by Forum contributor UrbanWarrior

The fifty year old tower will be completely remade, its top-to-bottom transformation to involve a major modernization effort in addition to the impressive host of cosmetic changes. 

MacKimmie Tower, close-up view, image by Forum contributor UrbanWarrior

The project encompasses two structures, the tower and adjacent block to be known collectively as the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Redevelopment. The 15-storey tower will become home to the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, with a year-round contingent of 500 full-load business students. 

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

Viewed above, a recent rendering of the completed MacKimmie Complex highlights the fresh glass curtain wall - for the tower and adjacent block - which will be composed of solar panels, thereby hereby adding a comprehensive green element to the project. Once complete, the complex will be a fine addition to the UofC campus, the development representative of creative innovation and a future-forward mindset. 

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.