With 1.7 million square feet of office space, The Bow is Calgary’s largest office building. It serves as the headquarters of EnCana Corporation, North America’s second-largest producer of natural gas, and Cenovus Energy in downtown Calgary.
The building stands 779 feet tall, has 57 floors above ground and six below ground, and is the tallest office tower in Calgary and the tallest in Canada outside Toronto.
It includes two retail floors with 200,000 square feet of space. The building’s façade includes 900,000 square feet of glass. Fifteen skywalks connect the tower to neighboring buildings. The Bow’s design includes 39 elevators with top speeds of 14.5 miles per hour.
The Bow has the largest concrete foundation in Canada and the third largest in the world, after the Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles and the Sama Tower (Al Durrah Tower) in Dubai. Its footprint is 190,000 square feet.
The tower was proposed in 2006 and constructed between 2007 and 2012. The building is called The Bow because of its crescent shape and view of the nearby Bow River. The building has been an early part of the redevelopment taking place in Calgary’s Downtown East Village.
The management company in charge of the project was Matthews Southwest of Texas. The building was designed by architects Foster + Partners from the United Kingdom and Zeidler Partnership Architects of Calgary.
The nearby historic York Hotel was demolished to make room for The Bow. A majority of the bricks from the old hotel were incorporated into the construction of the new office tower.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat gives awards every year for the best tall buildings in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia, and the Middle East and Africa.