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Preserving History in Mission

Floodwaters in Calgary not only destroyed homes and businesses, but put the City’s history in peril as well. The neighborhood of Mission was particularly hard hit. The trendy inner city community can trace its roots back to 1875 and the original Notre Dame de la Paix Catholic mission. The mission established itself before a small North-West Mounted Police outpost called Fort Calgary was even named. On June 21, 2013, however, the eclectic mix of homes, restaurants and businesses fell victim to the rising waters.

Stantec’s structural engineering team, led by Craig More, assessed hundreds of buildings throughout the city and High River for safety and integrity, but in Mission, things were different. Many of the buildings are more than 100 years old, and lack the stability of modern concrete foundations—a shortcoming recognized by one cleanup crew as a basement wall seemed compromised, bringing restoration efforts to a halt. The building was home to several small businesses, and every day they remained closed jeopardized their future.

The structural team quickly responded to the call and verified the foundation (built in 1911) was sound and restoration efforts could continue.

Today, it’s business as usual in Mission, and our team is proud to have played a part in helping bring this vibrant community back to life. 

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