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    Calgary | West Village Towers | 149.95m | 41s | Cidex Group | NORR Dubai Yahya Jan

    I agree. To great a chance that someone injures themselves and Cidex is forced to back fill anyways leaving it like this for too long
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    Calgary | The Dorian | 98.45m | 27s | PBA Land Development | Gibbs Gage

    Corten was a great choice. Just don't lean against it. The marble works well with the Corten too.
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    Calgary | Stephen Avenue Quarter | 241m | 66s | Triovest | Gibbs Gage

    Triovest is a private equity firm based in Toronto. They are about maximizing dollars for their investors so that investors invest more dollars. There is a minimum quality standard to maximizing income and/or property values and, depending on co investors, can yield something above that standard...
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    Calgary | Arris - 5th and Third | 142m | 41s | Embassy Bosa | Amanat Architect

    Re: Superstore In my experience, developers typically don't look beyond their own development. There's a 41 storey tower being built.. I guess this about the developers than the community. I don't know the ownership partnerships. It's not a good image whether the Toronto area condo developers...
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    Calgary real estate market

    Supplies and labour are near maximum capacity. Construction costs would outpace increasing supply. Encouraging more supply through loosened zoning controls is unlikely to make things more affordable in either of these cities. The driving force isn't generating income from properties in these...
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    Calgary real estate market

    Toronto and Vancouver are putting up may tall towers while the average resident quality of life continues to evaporate.. I'd be concerned over inviting a major boom from the mechanisms at work in Toronto and Vancouver. It wouldn't be more than 10 years for Calgary to be the next overvalued...
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    Calgary | Stephen Avenue Quarter | 241m | 66s | Triovest | Gibbs Gage

    I find this conversation is less about the historical merit of rebuilding and incorporating one storey retail facades than it is over the block long glass podium ass proposed as part of this development. I believe even a modern interpretation of a main street (relegating the current buildings to...
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    Calgary | Stephen Avenue Quarter | 241m | 66s | Triovest | Gibbs Gage

    International students are a driving force for condo investment and development
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    Calgary | The Dells | 48m | 15s | Remington Group | Systemic Architecture

    never would have expected curtainwall
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    Calgary | Sunalta Heights | 88.39m | 27s | Housing One | S2 Architecture

    It was a generous guess on how much it would cost to built the parking for the undetermined second tower. The price per square foot will not vary much between one basement or two. An interim commercial parking permit is unlikely. It's debt without a revenue stream until the second tower is built.
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    Calgary | Sunalta Heights | 88.39m | 27s | Housing One | S2 Architecture

    What possible savings could there be adding another 40 million dollars on the budget for a future phase?
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    Calgary | Sierra Place Residential Conversion | 38m | 10s | HomeSpace | Gibbs Gage

    Sad to see the erasure of architectural history with the new facade of aluminum composite panels This was one of the oldest high rises in the city and the first with a modern "glass and steel" facade.
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    Calgary | Calgary Event Centre | 36.85m | 11s | CSEC | HOK

    Developer incentives is what spurred development around professional sports facilities around North America. Most of it would not have developed strictly on the sports facility's draw which would make the hundreds of millions invested in such a facility not as sound.
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    Calgary | 633 Third Avenue | 167m | 46s | Bentall Kennedy | Gibbs Gage

    Bentall is management company. They managed real estate assets for BCIMC until BCI released their own real estate arm, Quadreal. Properties have been slowly transferred from Bentall, GWLRA to Quadreal since.
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    Toronto | 2721 Danforth | 177.55m | 55s | Tri-Metro Investments | RAW Design

    The transit connections justifies higher densities but this is well beyond reason. We've become so accustomed to 50 storey towers everywhere. That doesn't make it an ideal affordable alternative or one that offers a high quality of life. It makes sense in a downtown with all the available...

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