Nearly three months since our last update, the conversion and expansion of the Centre West office building into a residential complex - now called Capital - has progressed significantly.

Capital expansion topped off, photo by Forum contributor Kaizen

Developed by Strategic Group and designed by KENNEDY, the six-story expansion is now topped off and ready for cladding. Strategic opted to construct the new building with wood framing on top of the concrete foundation and underground parkade structure. Though unusual for a new build in the downtown core, wood-frame construction is considered more environmentally sustainable than concrete, as well as less expensive.

Balcony cladding, photo by Forum contributor Kaizen

On the 12-story former Centre West building, the precast concrete exterior has been given a fresh coat of white paint, while new balconies have been added and are now being clad in a wood-textured material.

Render of completed Capital, image via Strategic Group

When complete, the new complex will add 214 residential units to the Government District area of downtown, along with 5,800 square-feet of retail space in the shared podium. Future residents of the building will be ideally located mere steps from Corona LRT Station, two blocks from the Alberta Legislature Plaza, one block from the proposed downtown Warehouse District Park, and near many restaurants and retail amenities including a Save-On-Foods grocery store at Canterra Centre.

Render of retail space, image via Strategic Group

Strategic Group is reportedly seeking creditor protection for a number of their commercial properties in Alberta, however the company has stated that the move does not impact their current construction projects.

SkyriseEdmonton will continue to follow this project as it progresses toward completion. Want to learn more? You can find additional images and photos can be found in our project Database. What do you think of this office-to-residential conversion project? Leave a comment below or join the conversation in our Forum!

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article credited the design work to Arc Studio. The work was in fact performed by KENNEDY. SkyriseEdmonton apologizes for the error.