Three months since our last update, and progress at the MacKimmie Tower redevelopment has been moving along nicely. Preparatory framing work has now been completed across the bulk of the 15-storey tower, with the first few panels of the new glass curtain wall exterior now visible at its base. 

MacKimmie Tower, new glass curtain wall, image by Forum contributor darwink

The glass exoskeleton will serve as a wrap for the revamped 50-year-old tower as designed by DIALOG for the University of Calgary. A close-up view of the glass exterior (above and below) highlights the extent to which the panels are being secured to an elaborate quilt-work of steel framing bars, to be arranged as a diagonal grid across the entirety of the structure. 

MacKimmie Tower, curtain wall close-up, image by Forum contributor GoVertical

Once complete, the tower will form the larger of the two-part MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Redevelopment. For its part, the tower will become home to the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, to be equipped with a year-round contingent of 500 full-load business students. 

MacKimmie Tower, ready for framing, image by Forum contributor darwink via Surrealplaces

Captured in full, the top-to-bottom view of the tower gives a good idea of the scale of the work that lies ahead, with the vast majority of the new exoskeleton yet to be installed. The completed tower - and the MacKimmie Complex as a whole - will be a magnificent addition to the campus, its new skin to become a beacon of modern design at the UofC. 

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.