At first glance, there may seem to be little similarity between a $600-million arena complex and a small swimming pool in northeastern Alberta, but both projects—like all of the 2016 Top Projects winners—share the same spirit of ambition and ingenuity. Ranging from the downtown cores of Alberta’s largest cities to the province’s remotest regions, this year’s winning projects offer a master class in cutting-edge construction.

Judges considered design, sustainability, how well the projects stuck to budget and schedule, the use of innovative construction technologies and methods, and overall impact on the community. The 11 winners that were chosen all stood out for how they overcame uncommon challenges to deliver meaningful projects that Albertans will enjoy for decades to come.

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