Canada’s largest urban community developer, Concord Pacific, has unveiled Calgary’s newest multi-family development. Called The Concord, it will be located along the Bow River in the Eau Claire community, and will be, according to the company, “the best engineered flood and emergency prepared residential building ever designed in Canada.”
Although the site was not affected by the 2013 flood, The Concord’s robust infrastructure designed by flood mitigation experts Associated Engineering, includes: a building design engineered to withstand an episode twice as significant as the 2013 flood; a perimeter system which includes secant piles that surround the foundation and above-grade fortification walls with floodgates for pedestrian access; waterproof foundation with self-sealing capabilities to prevent underground water seepage; stormwater backup prevention management; and emergency backup power for building and suite systems designed to run indefinitely (far exceeding the city requirement for two-hour emergency backup power).
“The Concord’s location next the Bow River overlooking the Peace Bridge is one of the most beautiful in Calgary,” says Deputy Mayor Druh Farrell. “The Arthur Erickson-inspired design will add a global flavor to our downtown and help complete the Eau Claire community.”