Calgary's University District has been on a roll lately with numerous developments underway, adding to the recently completed projects, as well as the recent unveiling of a new Central Park and retail complex. Adding to the momentum is Groupe Germain's new ALT Hotel project in University District, as it is now set to rise as witnessed by the recent install of a tower crane.

Rendering of hotel (left), image via Groupe Germain

The ALT Hotel University District is part of a joint development with August at University District, Avi Urban's 6 storey, 120 unit residential project on University Avenue. The 156 room hotel will sit adjacent to August as a separate building, but both buildings will share the same underground parking structure, which has long been complete. The 15 storey hotel is rumored to be built using modular construction, a method Groupe Germain has used before on other hotels including their ALT Hotel in East Village.

Tower crane set for construction action, image by Kevin Cappis

As mentioned earlier The University District is really coming together with completion of Brookfield's Ivy, and Truman's Noble, as well as Truman's Maple, which is in its finishing stages. Cambridge Manor will be completed shortly after that, and that will be followed up with completion of Rhapsody, and August. When Rhapsody is completed, the neighborhood will have its first grocery store along with other retail facing onto University Avenue. August, and Block 23 both plans for retail facing the avenue. With a hotel coming to the area, the University District will have plenty of amenities and will be able operate as a self sustained village to some degree.

Rendering of hotel, image via Groupe Germain

As the ALT Hotel is only in the beginning stages, there will be plenty more to follow up on as the project progresses. Skyrisecities Calgary will be sure to return to this development. For more information, check out the associated Database file, for discussion ad photo updates check out the Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.