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December 20, 2012

Canadian buildings experience a growth spurt

Canada is getting taller – with booming buildings – according to a research conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

According to the study, 26 buildings taller than 150 metres have sprouted in Canada since 2005 and four buildings taller than 200 metres were built in 2012, the most the country has ever produced.

Most of the building development has been happening in the downtown Toronto, where 15 buildings taller than 150 metres are under construction, which is more than any other city in the western world.

Other Canadian cities that are reaching for the sky are Vancouver and Calgary.

“Canada is reshaping its urban centres and tall buildings are a large role,” said Dr. Antony Wood, Executive Director of the CTBUH. “Canada is at the forefront of discussions about density, transportation and urban sustainability.”

The latest skyscrapers to be completed in Canada are the 277-metre Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto and The Bow in Calgary, reaching up to 237 metres tall.

The First Bank Tower in downtown Toronto, built in 1975, still holds the title for the country’s tallest building at 298 metres tall. It is also the 67th tallest building in the world.

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