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Office conversion adding a new hotel to Calgary

By Adam Freill   

Commercial Construction Green Construction

PBA Group of Companies begins construction on Element Hotel by the Westin through office conversion project.

Photo rendering of Element by Westin Hotel Suite. (CNW Group/PBA Group of Companies)

PBA Group of Companies (PBA) and its partner Concord Hospitality have officially started converting a former 12-storey office building in Calgary, Canadian Centre, into an Element Hotel by Westin.

PBA saw an opportunity to satisfy the growing demand for additional room capacity in Downtown Calgary and to drive economic impact, so it is embarking on the project with Concord, under the construction management of Archicon Construction Management & Consulting Inc., to create a 226-suite hotel with fully furnished extended stay units and a sophisticated design aesthetic.

“We’re honoured to help take one of the first steps in transforming our downtown into a differentiated residential and recreational district that serves as a symbol of progressive inner city planning with this conversion,” said James Scott, senior vice-president, planning and development, with PBA Group of Companies. “We’re proud of our trusted partnership with Concord Hospitality and look forward to continuing the momentum with this novel conversion project which will have a notable impact in the community.”

Announced in November as one of the City of Calgary’s downtown office conversion partners, the Element Hotel is the first hospitality project as part of the Downtown Calgary Development Incentive Program. It will remove 170,000 square feet of unused office space from the city’s core while repurposing the building, which the partners in the project say demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and urban revitalization – two key priorities in building resiliency in Calgary’s downtown community.


Infusing flexibility and convenience for groups, the Element brand features a unique communal space known as Studio Commons. Centred around four guest rooms, this concept promotes community by allowing guests to cook, gather and unwind together within shared kitchen and living room areas, fostering a sense of togetherness and relaxation.

“Coming off the success of our first hotel development, The Dorian, this project brings a particular level of excitement for us at PBA as we look to create another dynamic, Calgary-centric property, but this time, in the west end of downtown, where our company began its nearly 60-year history,” said Scott. “Projects like this will help inject vitality into the community and contribute to Calgary’s reputation as a global city.”

Through the use of recycled materials in design and construction, the the project has diverted 572,000 kg of demolition waste from landfill, which equates to 65 per cent of the project’s total demolition waste. Demolition has been completed, and construction is now underway. The project is slated for completion in the summer of 2025.




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