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Work begins on Brookfield, tallest building in the West

Construction has begun in Calgary on Brookfield Place, which will soon be the tallest structure in Western Canada.

Brookfield Place will rise 56 storeys above Calgary's downtown core

Brookfield Office Properties plans to build what would be the tallest office tower in Calgary and Western Canada, standing at 247 metres. (Brookfield Office Properties)

Construction has begun in Calgary on what will soon be the tallest structure in Western Canada. 

Mayor Naheed Nenshi was at the groundbreaking on Wednesday for Brookfield Place Calgary, which will rise 56 storeys above the downtown core. 

It's across from the Bay building, facing the seventh avenue C-Train line.

"We actually think this is the best block in Canada," Nenshi said. "Where do you get a full city block, right on the transit line, in the heart of downtown anywhere in the country? And they said because it's the best block in Canada, we want to challenge ourselves to do something spectacular."

The location will include two office towers of more than two million square feet. It will feature restaurants, retail shops and a half-acre public plaza.

Construction on the first tower is set to be complete by 2017.

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