Project Details

Size: 94,000 sq.ft./8,732 sq.m.

Delivery Method: Construction Management

Project Description

The Aga Khan Garden at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden included 8 acres of site development and the construction of approximately 4.5 acres of water features and gardens locating in the existing Botanic Garden northeast of the Kurimoto Japanese garden which remained undisturbed during construction.

The Aga Khan Garden is made up of three unique sections: the Woodland Bagh, an introductory pathway through the woods where patrons are introduced to quiet water features; the Chahar Bagh, or central court, which is the most constructed part of the Garden and features a central fountain system atop a raised terrace which feeds the series of sunken gardens and pools in the central court below; and the Bustan, a Calla Pond surrounded by orchards.

The construction of the Aga Khan Garden consisted of navigating environmental and regulatory requirements of all manor from stakeholders, logging and building roads and trails, constructing a natural amphitheater in virgin forest, draining and re-contouring the Calla Pond, building underground vaults and utility corridors, erecting the incredibly ornate concrete and stone garden and plaza complex complete with docks, fountains, reflecting pools, and all manor of beautiful expressions of Islamic architecture and culture. The garden also included an orchard, thousands of other trees, grasses, plants, and flowers, and a refilled pond.

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