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October 2017 | issue 214

Working this job for the last eight years, I’ve certainly attended my share of ground breaking and topping off events that start and end construction for condominium projects. My Around Town pages are certainly filled with those (even more this month). But I haven’t really been in one during the middle of construction. That is, until last month.


I had the pleasure of being asked to write about tower cranes for our sister publication, Construction Connect (it’s in the fall issue of this quarterly direct mail magazine that goes out to trades). No better way to write about it than experiencing it first hand, so despite my slight fear of heights, up I went on one of the tower cranes operated by Elite Formworks.

Let me tell you, the view up there — unencumbered by walls of glass — certainly gives you a better perspective of not only the city and how pretty it looks from this bird’s eye vantage point but of what goes on in the making of high-rises, spires and towers. Mind you, I was only a hundred or so feet up the ground in the tower crane of the Radius condominium construction site, but it was still quite a thrill. A big shout out again to the guys at Elite Formworks who took their time to fill me in on the hows and whys of tower crane work and prepare me for the climb, and also to Bucci Developments and the rest of the Radius sales team for making this possible.

Speaking of rare views, this issue also marks the debut of Market Insider by Mario Toneguzzi, one of the city’s most respected voices in the housing market. He’ll be offering up his valued insights on the economic side of the housing market — something I always felt that we lacked in the Condo Living and New Home Living magazines. I’ve always enjoyed his writing style, which gives a more complete perspective and which I felt was always more relatable to readers than just presenting cold statistics.

We also have Christina Loc, our new STYLE writer. She is taking over for our esteemed colleague David Crosson, whose health has taken a turn for the worse forcing him to bow out of the magazine (all the best, David!). Those are big shoes to fill, but Christina has already proven she is up to the task. She played a key role in the design of the SAM Award-winning Broadview Homes show homes in Harmony. In her second appearance here, she takes on designing kitchen cabinets.

In the midst of construction is our cover feature this issue, Verve by FRAM + Slokker is racing to take its place in the Calgary skyline and already it is 87 per cent sold. The high-rise is another compelling reason to live in East Village, which has become such a happening and compelling neighbourhood.

We take you on a whirlwind tour of Calgary’s thriving new communities as we follow the action of new condo developments in our line-up of condo profiles.

This summer has been a busy one, and the fall looks like it will ramp up even more. Come along with us for what promises to be an exciting ride.

In This Issue

Verve rising

Verve rising

Growth has reached a fever pitch in East Village, just look at all the tower…

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Single Family Style

Single Family Style

The popularity of townhomes is soaring because they offer a single-family lifestyle with multifamily affordability,…

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The next big thing

The next big thing

The Carlisle Group takes innovation seriously, and their newest condominium development of Skyview Landing is…

Read more about The next big thing

Spooky Calgary

Spooky Calgary

In case you didn’t know it already, this city goes wild for Halloween. Starting mid-month,…

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