Calgary's soon to be newest downtown hotel has hit another milestone, as pile installation has wrapped up, and excavation work has begun. Back in early November we reported on the construction start on The Dorian, as drilling rigs arrived on site, and now two months of drilling and pile work it's time for the excavation portion of the project to to place.

Excavation work taking place, image by Kevin Cappis

Recent photos show backhoe equipment digging away at the earth and shoring work well underway on the 27 story project. The Dorian will be the latest in a string of new downtown hotels, following the recently completed Residence Inn, the Alt Hotel, and Hilton's East Village hotel. The hotel is being branded as a luxury hotel, that will sport a rooftop restaurant and social area, providing great views from its central downtown location.

Rendering of project, image via PBA

Designed by Calgary based architects, Gibbs Gage, the 300 room hotel sits in an optimum location due to its proximity to shopping areas such as The Core, and Stephen Avenue, as well as Calgary's 7th avenue transit corridor. It's also is within short walking distance to the Bow River recreational area.

SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return to 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