Glass panel from JW Marriott hotel damages Edmonton Tower

The damage to the Edmonton Tower was caused by a flying glass panel from the JW Marriott during the windstorm Monday afternoon, according to officials with Alberta Labour.

“High winds blew a pane of glass from a tower under construction in downtown Edmonton yesterday, and that the flying glass damaged glass on a nearby City of Edmonton tower,” Vivian Binnema, a communications advisor with the provincial government, told CTV News.

ICE District released a statement on the incident Tuesday afternoon:

"ICE District can confirm that recent high winds have caused damage to the glass exterior of Edmonton Tower. The safety of our tenants and those living and working near ICE District is paramount and as such we are working with our construction partners and the City of Edmonton to take the appropriate actions necessary that include walk-way and road closures while repairs are being made. Further updates will be provided."

ICE District also listed the following pedestrian closures:

  • 102 Street between 103 Avenue and 104 Avenue
  • South side of 104 Avenue between 101 Street and 102 Street
  • West side of 101 Street between 104 Avenue and Bell Tower
  • All pedestrian acess to Plaza Way betweem the Edmonton Tower and Bell Tower

Vehicle closures include the Plaza Way between Edmonton Tower and Bell Tower, and City of Edmonton Tower Parkade and Bell Tower Parkade via 102 Street.

 

There was broken glass blanketing the southeast sidewalk near the Edmonton Tower. A street sweeper was on scene Tuesday cleaning up the debris.

A city worker told CTV News the building had 17 damaged windows, and at least three of them fell to the ground.

With files from Jeremy Thompson