With the first few tenants already moved in, it will not be long now before the Oliver Exchange is fully open for business. Thus it is with great enthusiasm for this project that we are pleased to present a collection of early bird images of the exterior and interior spaces of the newly refurbished heritage structure, which as the slick new neon branding implies, may soon come to be known simply as "OEX."

Oliver Exchange, main entrance, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Located at the corner of 121 St NW and 102 Ave NW, the longtime home of the West End Telephone Exchange dates to 1912, the Edwardian redbrick structure having been fully restored and retrofitted for the 21st century. 

Inside the main entrance, looking up to second level, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Once inside, it is immediately evident the space has been opened up to create a thoroughly modern, brick-and-beam aesthetic, on-trend for adaptive reuses of this type. Viewed above, the double-height entryway reveals two storeys of commercial space, made light and airy with ample natural light and a partial atrium ceiling. 

Second Floor, "OEX" neon branding, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Up top, the mix of wood and polished concrete flooring plays well against the black metal railings and framing, as it does the exposed brick walls and hanging neon light decorations. The perfect home for a collection of small tech startups, ping-pong tables and all, the upstairs office space will soon be fully occupied. 

Inside looking out, retail space (right), image by Forum contributor Daveography

While the space remains somewhat austere for the time being, it will not be long before a steady flow of regular daytime traffic makes it feel welcoming for shoppers and office workers alike. 

SkyriseEdmonton will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.