It's been three months since we had our close-up look at the work involved at the DIALOG-designed Edmonton Convention Centre Atrium Modernization project, and the glass replacement now appears to be about two-thirds complete.

Workers replacing glass panels on the Convention Centre, photo by Forum contributor Kaizen

The $10.8-million project by the City of Edmonton, EEDC, and the Edmonton Convention Centre will see about half of the 696 glass panels of the iconic sloping atrium replaced with transparent photovoltaic panels by Onyx Solar, which are expected to produce approximately 227,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year.

View from inside, photo by Dave Sutherland

When complete, the project will be the largest building-integrated solar installation in Canada; it is expected to save $219,000 in energy costs each year, and break even after approximately 22 years - well within the anticipated 30-year lifespan of the panels.

Edmonton Convention Centre, photo by Forum contributor Kaizen

SkyriseEdmonton will continue to follow this project as it progresses. What do you think of the atrium glass replacement with photovoltaic panels? Leave a comment below, or join the conversation in our Forum! More images and information can also be found in the project Database entry linked below.