The Bow: Elevating Calgary to Another Level

Bow-3The Bow in Calgary is a modern office tower with a strong eco-friendly presence. Several design features make the 1.7-million-sq.-ft. building, which officially opened in early June, unique in North America. Not the least of these is its advanced elevator system, co-designed and developed by Toronto-based KJA Consultants Inc. The project was developed by Matthews Southwest, with architectural services provided by a collaboration of London-based Foster + Partners and Toronto firm Zeidler Partnership Architects. The construction manager was Ledcor, and the owner is Toronto-based H&R real estate investment trust. In 2006, the team tapped KJA as elevator consultant.

A number of designs were considered, including one for two towers – north and south – with the north tower at 60 stories and the south tower in the 40-story range. Eventually, the team decided to focus on one north tower at 58 stories. Foster + Partners revealed its first set of “big vision” designs for the new tower in October 2006, and the design group fine-tuned specifics on such aspects as its elevator system.


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