The Muttart Conservatory was selected as a priority for rehabilitation based on the age of the facility’s systems, building condition assessments, and through feedback from the teams that maintain and operate the facility. The City is committed to providing its members, citizens and visiting recreational users with quality amenities and spaces, therefore rehabilitation is necessary to ensure all facilities are safe, secure and clean for Edmontonians to fully enjoy.
Rehabilitation projects address existing infrastructure and services to fix, repair and/or upgrade. This work extends the lifespan of City buildings and systems, demonstrating good stewardship of City assets and sustainable planning to serve Edmontonians now and into the future.
Phase II of the rehabilitation work (dependent on funding in the 2021-2026 budget)
Anticipated completion of phase I (early 2021)
Facility to close to the public for rehabilitation work in July
Funding approved by City Council for the rehabilitation work (2019-2022 Capital Budget)
Planning exercise to determine the scope of the rehabilitation work and to develop a cost estimate to complete the work
The Muttart Conservatory identified as a priority for rehabilitation as part of a building condition assessment
Built in 1976, the Muttart Conservatory has attracted visitors for over 42 years. Through assessment of the building condition, it has been identified that the facility is a priority for rehabilitation of the mechanical, electrical and structural systems.
The rehabilitation work will take approximately 18 months to complete.
The Muttart Conservatory will close to the public in July 2019. The closure includes the Culina restaurant, bookings, rentals, programs and the horticultural pyramids.
Most of this rehabilitation work will be ‘back of house’ such as upgrading boilers, replacing the underground pipes, replacing the heating systems and upgrading the air quality. Users can expect to see visible changes to some interior finishes and lighting fixtures but the majority of work will be to keep the building operational.
The facility is anticipated to reopen to the public in early 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rehabilitation projects are prioritized for aging City buildings and facilities. Most rehabilitation work includes electrical, structural, heating and drainage work.
As Edmonton grows, many of the City’s buildings are starting to age and require work to fix, replace or upgrade the systems so they can keep operating.
Rehabilitation of City facilities has been identified as a financial priority in Edmonton to ensure our well-loved attractions and recreation centres can continue to serve people now and into the future. This work extends the lifecycle of buildings and facilities so that it can continue to operate efficiently and safely.
We can’t keep the building open to the public because at times there will be impacts to the heat, lighting or running water. Fully closing the building allows for the work to be completed more quickly, efficiently and safely.
This rehabilitation work will take approximately 18 months to complete. The facility will close to the public in July 2019 and is anticipated to reopen in early 2021. The full facility will be closed, including the Culina restaurant, horticultural pyramids, as well as all bookings, rentals and programs.
The scope of work is extensive since it includes rehabilitation and replacement of systems that run throughout the entire facility. Keeping the plants in the pyramids alive during the replacement of heating and electrical systems adds complexity to the project, especially during the colder periods of the year.
Plant care is a priority during this rehabilitation work. A limited number of City staff — growers — will remain onsite to protect and care for the plants during the closure.