The Core

Project Info

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  • Owner

    20Vic Management

  • Architect


  • General Contractor

    Ellis Don


Comprised of TD Square, Holt Renfrew and the former Calgary Eaton Centre, the CORE is the dominant shopping complex in downtown Calgary. The property spans three city blocks and containing approximately 160 retailers on four levels. The complex also contains four office towers (TD Canada Trust Tower, Home Oil Tower, and DomeTower), and the historic Lancaster Building. It is the hub of downtown Calgary’s +15 skywalk system, and as such is the busiest shopping centre in the City by pedestrian count, with around 250,000 visitors passing through each week. The centre’s architectural focal point is a vast suspended glass skylight which spans the length of the complex.
m+b is proud to be associated with The CORE, providing services to the building operator and the majority of the tenants.
The Core renovation and expansion completed in 2009, required a local fire alarm verifying engineer which m+b teamed up with. The electrical contractor, WesternElectrical Management, and the construction manager, Ellis Don, verified the Holt Renfrew Building, the Canada Trust Tower, the Calgary Eaton Centre, the renovated TDSquare retail and parkade areas, the fourth level of Devonian Gardens, and re-verified the Home and Dome Towers.
The existing Siemens fire alarm system found in TD Square was expanded to include the CEC/CTT and Holt Renfrew buildings including two new central alarm and control facilities and rework of two existing central alarm and control facilities.
In 2015, the easterly half of TD Square and the lower areas of the historical Lancaster Building were modified to be included into the existing Siemens fire alarm system and verified by m+b.
In 2016 another major renovation in the Lancaster areas on levels 3 and down were made to the fire alarm system to accommodate a new major retailer. Major changes to the levels above level 3 to accommodate the retail area below were also made. The fire alarm sequences such as signalling, and smoke management were modified to accommodate the new retail area.
Elevators were modernized to meet the new elevator Code within the Core resulting in major changes to the fire alarm system to accommodate the new Code.A centralized metering system was installed throughout the retail and office tower spaces and all common area lighting was recently retrofitted with energy efficient lamps and ballasts. m+b has also been involved in numerous upgrades to the buildings’ mechanical systems.