Imperial Oil’s decision to relocate its downtown Calgary offices to a campus-style complex in the southeast was a monumental shift for this large corporation. The new location, a 5-building, 20-acre site in Quarry Park, creates new challenges for the company and its employees that have spent decades in Calgary’s downtown core.
The new campus-style environment at Quarry Park is designed to accommodate a diverse number of user groups: employees, visitors and the public. The emphasis in design was put on creating both passive and active spaces to accommodate the variety of people using the site. In particular, Imperial Oil wanted to affirm the importance of the outdoors as part of a healthy lifestyle for their employees. Demonstrating this are outdoor meeting areas and classrooms, gardens, active program spaces and contemplative places for pause.
The site also presents a significant public gesture with Prospect Point, an open urban park on the southeast corner of the site. Prospect Point consists of a series of detailed site structures that lead from the public space to the main entrance of the campus, telling the story and history of Imperial Oil through time and space at a pedestrian scale.