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Phase I of the rehabilitation work is complete and was finished on time and on budget after an 18 month closure.

Project Update - January 2021

Phase I rehabilitation work is complete and included the necessary replacement and repair of aging facility systems.

Future phase II rehabilitation will focus on the greenhouse and will be brought before Council for consideration in the next budget cycle (2023-2026). The budget will be developed considering priorities for the facility and available funding. Work that required closure of the facility was prioritized in phase I and no further construction closures are anticipated.

About the Project

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.

Project Overview

Built in 1976, the Muttart Conservatory has attracted visitors for over 42 years. Through assessment of the building condition, it was identified that the facility was a priority for rehabilitation of the mechanical, electrical and structural systems.

The rehabilitation work took 18 months to complete.

The Muttart Conservatory closed to the public in July 2019. The closure included the Culina restaurant, bookings, rentals, programs and the horticultural pyramids.

Most of this rehabilitation work was ‘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 was to keep the building operational.

Project Timeline



Phase II of the rehabilitation work (dependent on funding in the 2023-2026 budget)

2019 and 2021


  • Facility opens to the public (dependant on COVID-19 public health restrictions)
  • Phase I complete


  • Facility to close to the public for rehabilitation work in July

2017 and 2018


  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a rehabilitation project?

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.

Why are rehabilitation projects an important investment?

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. 

Why did it take 18 months to complete the rehabilitation work?

The scope of work was extensive since it included 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 added complexity to the project, especially during the colder periods of the year.

What happened to the plants?

Plant care was a priority during this rehabilitation work. A limited number of City staff — growers — remained onsite to protect and care for the plants during the closure.

For More Information

Facility Planning and Design

12th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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