Rehabilitating a Landmark


Graham was recently awarded a project showcasing their strengthening relationship with the City of Edmonton.

Valued at $26.5 million, the Muttart Conservatory is a botanical garden located in the river valley, across from the downtown core. One of the best-known city landmarks, the conservatory consists of three city-operated greenhouses, public gardens, as well as four feature pyramids for display of plant species found across three biomes, with the fourth pyramid hosting as a seasonal display.

The scope of work includes performing pre-construction, construction, and post-construction Construction Management services for the rehabilitation of the Muttart Conservatory. In general, the scope is heavily weighted towards mechanical and electrical system replacements.

“The city has flagged the botanical garden as a priority for rehabilitation. Some of the mechanical, electrical and structural systems are over 30 years old and are in dire need of replacement and upgrading," says Gary Chung, City Project Manager.

The main purpose of the project is to extend the lifespan of the facility and prevent catastrophic failure to building systems equipment that could impact the delicate living assets housed within the pyramids and supporting greenhouses. Many of the plants cannot be relocated and supporting temporary provisions are required as part of the construction work.

The rehabilitation work is planned to occur during a complete Public Access closure of the building from July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. The facility will still maintain a group of staff that will have a constant need for operational access to all growing spaces to maintain the plant life.