The Federal Building and Plaza Project

Renewal of the Federal Building and construction of a new public plaza and parkade increases public space at the Legislature grounds and provides year-round recreational opportunities for visitors. Design highlights include water features and green space, and a new west entrance pavilion for the Federal Building. The project also creates options for future redevelopment of the grounds and help kick-start the revitalization of the Edmonton’s downtown.

The Federal Building is owned by the Alberta government and is located on the northeast corner of the Legislature grounds in Edmonton, Alberta.

Based on a 1939 design and constructed in the late 1950s, the original 10-storey Tyndal stone building is one of the best surviving examples of art deco design in Canada.

Although the Federal Building has been vacant since 1989, construction was undertaken to restore this important architectural landmark.

In addition to renewing the Federal Building, government also constructed a 650-stall underground parkade to replace existing surface parking lots. In their place, a new plaza extends the Legislature grounds north to 99 Avenue to create a scenic terminus to Capital Boulevard.

  • The construction project was substantially completed at the end of November 2014 and move-ins  commenced in early February 2015. The plaza is completed and public access to the Legislative Assembly Office Visitor's Centre public areas will open this summer.
  • The redevelopment of the historic Federal Building provides an opportunity to preserve and celebrate the shared history of the province and provides tAlbertans and visitors to Alberta an opportunity to appreciate and enjoy our history. 

The Federal Building  - Edmonton, Alberta 

Preserving history and the environment

The project preserves the historic character of the Federal Building, while at the same time demonstrate the government's commitment to sustainable buildings by targeting a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating.

LEED Gold Buildings consume 40 to 50 per cent less energy than conventional buildings, produce lower greenhouse gas emissions and use 20 to 30 per cent less water than LEED Silver buildings. They also provide a healthier work environment through improved air quality and use of natural light.

As part of the renovation, the building’s envelope and mechanical and electrical systems were upgraded to improve energy efficiency. Saving an existing building provides its own benefits:

  • reduced production of replacement materials—means less energy and resources consumed
  • massive diversion of waste from landfills  

Serving a need  

The rejuvenated Federal Building:

  • helps government to reconfigure and reduce space
  • plays an important role in the future Legislature grounds development and downtown rejuvenation
  • saves an architectural landmark, replace two surface parking lots with usable public space, and provides a  scenic approach from Capital Boulevard

Facts About the original Federal Building  

The Federal Building was built in the 1950s. Located on the northeast corner of the Legislature site, the 10-storey Federal Building is based on a design from 1939. Its art-deco style is rendered in its Tyndal stone façade and marble lobby.

  • Location: 9820 - 107 Street (northeast corner of Legislature grounds)
  • Plans to construct the Federal Building were put on hold because of the Second World War
  • Construction completed in 1958
  • Architect: George Heath MacDonald
  • Gross floor area: 33,000 sq. m. 
  • Usable office space: 23,000 sq. m.
  • Site area: 1.04 hectares
  • Number of floors: 10
  • Granite and limestone exterior veneer with wood sash windows
  • The Federal Building Lobby is one of the best remaining examples of art deco style in Canada:
    • six kinds of marble
    • nickel-plated doors
    • decorative light fixtures and ceiling accents that are uncommon today
    • The balance of the interior features standard finishes for a 1950s office building, such as lath and plaster
    • Building’s exterior features graphical elements that underscore the architect’s intent that the building serve as a tribute to early trappers and pioneers
  • Other examples of art deco style: the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, both in New York
  • Purchased from federal government in 1983
  • Vacant since 1989