St.Patrick's Island

SPI's String of Pearls

SPI's String of Pearls

We had a chance to sit down and dish the dirt (really, it was about dirt!) with the landscape architects who are ever-so-gently bringing St. Patrick’s Island to life

When East Village Master Developer CMLC asked Calgarians what they wished for on St. Patrick’s Island, 6,000 respondents said they liked what they perceived as the ‘wildness‘ of the space, and wanted it be an urban oasis. That appealed to Barbara Wilks and Mark Johnson of W Architecture & Civitas, the New York/Denver team that won the mandate to carry out the island's master plan over 17 other firms from across North America.

Yet when the two look out over St. Patrick’s Island, they don’t exactly see ‘wild.’ Though the island is very grown over – particularly with invasive species – they see a landscape that bears the footprints and the scars of much human intervention – and a lot of potential.

The Living River

The Living River

St. Patrick's Island design team announced

After leading an exhaustive two-year public engagement process, the master developer of East Village, CMLC,  announced the selection of New York-based W Architecture and Denver-based CIVITAS as the landscape development team that will lead the revitalization of St. Patrick’s Island. Selected by an evaluation committee through a competitive RFQ process last summer, W/CIVITAS trumped 17 submissions from across North America with its extensive experience in waterfront design.

“We liked their approach right from the start,” said Michael Brown, CMLC’s president and CEO. “Their interpretation of our vision was right on the mark, and reflects what the public has told us over and over again. Calgarians want St. Patrick’s Island to retain its natural beauty, but also want to make the island safer, more accessible and more user-friendly.”

Sneak-a-Peek

Sneak-a-Peek

Under a blazing blue sky, in the presence of a frenzy of food trucks, bobbing orange balloons and a thumpa-thumpa D.J.

The VIP opening of the EV Sales and Experience Centre attracted nearly a thousand VIPs like you. 

Nine hundred and eighty VIPs showed up at the East Village Sales and Experience Centre on Saturday to see what the buzz that’s been building around East Village was all about. By all accounts, they weren’t disappointed. All day long, they munched EV muffins, spent time with the Ambassadors – our resident experts – and toured the sales suites for Evolution and FIRST, the premier residential condominium offerings in East Village.
 

Bridge to the future

Bridge to the future

It’s unanimous! The St. Patrick’s Island Bridge received City of Calgary approval on March 31st, clearing the way for construction to begin this year.

“The bridge is a powerful design statement and a practical connector in East Village,” says Phil Wareham, senior manager of infrastructure development, CMLC. “People will immediately know they’re somewhere very special.” The span, which accommodates pedestrians and cyclists, was designed by French engineers RFR and Halsall of Calgary, a team that beat out 30 other proposals in an international competition in 2010.