Soaring House Renovations

Client: University of Alberta
Location: Edmonton, AB

The Soaring House is a residential building on a large private gated lot overlooking Edmonton’s river valley. The property, with an estimated value of $35 million, was bequeathed to the University by the late Sandy MacTaggart and his wife Cecile. Mactaggart was one of the owners of MacLab Enterprises – a land development company responsible for much of the residential construction in Edmonton after 1949.

The house itself is very large and somewhat unusual. With spectacular views toward the river valley, the house is well suited to special events and small retreats or conferences. However, the house has proved to be in poor physical condition. Thinkspace was asked to undertake the following renovations of the house:

  • New wall system to create a high performance rainscreen wall.
  • New windows
  • New kitchen

Thinkspace has done three phases of work on the building renovation thus far including:

  • The dining room and meeting room wing
  • The living room and master bedroom wing
  • Complete renovation of the kitchen and upper suite

There are three phases remaining including the replacement of extensive curtain wall in the central atrium area.