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May 08, 2019 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Highly anticipated Telus Sky serves as symbol of hope for battered downtown office market

Anyone in the downtown area on the evening of April 18 was treated to a light show, as coloured LEDs on the new Telus Sky building recreated the aurora borealis in a test of a new art installation.

Artist Douglas Coupland's Northern Lights is just one of the features of Telus Sky – a new skyscraper in Calgary's downtown skyline and a sign that tough times in the city won't last forever.

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April 24, 2019 | Mario Toneguzzi

Signs of stabilization offer glimmer of hope for struggling downtown office market

The vibrancy of Calgary's downtown office market is a good indicator of the health of the city's economy, and since the oil price collapse that started in the latter half of 2014, they've both been struggling.

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Feb. 14, 2018 | Mario Toneguzzi

Under the radar

Industrial real estate market hopes to maintain momentum in 2018

When it comes to the Calgary commercial real estate market, downtown office space grabs all the headlines.
Just like in sports, where star players occupy the limelight and grinders are often overlooked, the struggles of the downtown office market continue to dominate discussions of commercial real estate, while the industrial sector has quietly weathered the economic storm over the past three years.

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Jan. 30, 2018 | Mario Toneguzzi

Making a comeback

Calgary's commercial real estate market could be poised for a rebound in 2018

All eyes will be on Calgary's commercial real estate market this year, with hopes that the downtown office sector, which continued to struggle in 2017, will rebound in 2018.

The office market has grabbed everyone's attention over the past three years, as vacancy rates have soared to historically high levels following the collapse of oil prices and the subsequent waves of layoffs that ravaged employment ranks in downtown Calgary. Thousands of people were cut loose, and a vast amount of office space suddenly became vacant in the downtown core.

CBRE managing director Greg Kwong said Calgary's commercial market is likely to see vacancy rates peak in 2017. Photo by Wil Andruschak/for CREB®Now

Dec. 23, 2016 | Cody Stuart

Core issues

Downtown office commercial market to see higher vacancy rates in 2017

Despite setting a third-quarter record with a reported $11.2 billion in sales, Calgary's commercial real estate sector will likely see vacancy rates continue to soar this year and next, predicts real estate firm CBRE Ltd.

CBRE Calgary-based managing director Greg Kwong said the downtown market will feel it the hardest, with vacancy rates that are expected to close in on 30 per cent.

CBRE managing director Greg Kwong said Calgary's commercial market could have fared worse in 2015 if four major projects currently in construction would have all come on stream this year. Photo by Wil Andruschak/for CREB®Now

Jan. 12, 2016 | Lindsay Holden

Space to spare

Commercial vacancy rates represent market outlook

Nearly one out of five floors in the office towers that make up Calgary's famous skyline now sit empty, according to CBRE, which anticipates vacancy rates to increase further in 2016.

"Oil and gas companies on every level – from junior start-up to intermediate to major companies – everyone has gone through some form of layoff and therefore and have excess space," said Greg Kwong, managing director at the commercial real estate services firm.

Calgary's downtown office market ended 2015 with vacancy rates topping 17.4 per cent – nearly double from 9.8 per cent in 2014, according to CBRE's 2016 Commercial Real Estate Market Outlook.


Oct. 16, 2014 | Cody Stuart

Coming up big

Calgary's commercial sector still going strong

The Calgary Tower's new, much-discussed exterior lighting system may serve as more than an eye-catching attraction. It might also shine new light on the city's burgeoning commercial sector, which, according to new statistics, is leading the country in a number of key categories for 2014.

Commercial leasing activity in the city is among the most active in Canada, with companies having snatched up 1.2 million square feet of space through the first nine months of 2014, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE Limited.

Oct. 08, 2014 | Cody Stuart

'Excuse me while I kiss the sky'

* Part three of three in Calgary's Growing Up series

Calgary's commercial sector riding high with innovative designs, added amenities

It's tough to keep tabs on Calgary's skyline these days.

With new buildings breaking ground every week in an area already adorned with construction cranes, it's no surprise the city's commercial sector ranks as one of Canada's most active.

With 791,344 square feet of office space leased through the first nine months of 2014, and another 3.8 million of square feet under construction, it's not simply the amount of leasing activity taking place in downtown Calgary, but the stature of those building yet to be constructed.

July 10, 2013 | CREBNow

Rising Above

`Calgary's downtown skyline will change once again with the expected 2017 completion of the 58-storey Telus Sky.

"The Telus team is tremendously proud of our longstanding history in Alberta and thrilled to announce the development of Telus Sky, which will stand as a lasting symbol of our passionate commitment to the Calgary community, our customers, our team members and to the province of Alberta," said Darren Entwistle, Telus president and CEO.

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