I's been a while since we last checked up on Platform, the multi-use parkade project in Calgary's East Village. At the time Platform was starting to take shape and was starting to become noticeable in the burgeoning downtown neighborhood. In the almost 3 months since progress has at time appeared slow, but in fact it has been reasonably steady. The structure is not a standard uniform build and this adds to the construction complexity and the timeline. Throw in some cold weather snaps, and a Christmas break and to the casual observer it might not appear to be going as fast as expected.

Northeast corner, image by Kevin Cappis

The project has indeed made good progress and now we are now getting a good look at how the building's shape will turn out. With work happening around the 4th level, there are still two more levels to go, and so far look to be on schedule for its Fall 2020 completion.

Rendering of project, image via CMLC

Designed by Kasian and 5468796 Architecture, Platform is part parking garage, part retail outlet, and part innovation centre, the multi-modal PLATFORM will deliver five levels of parking atop a two-level retail space, the latter to be attached to the aforementioned 50,000 sq. ft. innovation centre. The project is a joint venture between Calgary Parking Authority, and Zinc Ventures, a Calgary-based company founded by local tech innovator Brad Zumwalt. Management of the project is being done by CMLC (Calgary Municipal Land Corp), the group behind the overall East Village master plan.

North side, image by Kevin Cappis

SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return 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.