Indoor skydiving to make Calgary debut

Indoor skydiving to make Calgary debut

Many have dreamed of leaping from an airplane to experience the thrill of floating gently back to earth; but few have the courage to do it.

Early in the third quarter of next year, we will all be able to feel that sense of freedom — with no plane, no parachute and no jumping — in a tall tower under construction by Scott Builders.

The exciting simulation of true free-fall conditions will be offered in a safe, reliable vertical wind tunnel that is the creation of iFLY, a U.S.-based company that developed the technology to deliver Bodyflight and opened its first location in 1999. Today it has 37 towers in the U.S, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Being built in Deerfoot City — at 80 acres Calgary’s largest retail transformation that will also feature a central plaza, style district, food lodge and restaurant campus — the Calgary indoor skydiving experience will be the third in Canada, with plans to open others in Vancouver and Edmonton.

Rendering of the building that will be used to simulate freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. SUBMITTED


Scott Builders business development manager Patricia Verburgt, who was responsible for securing the work for iFLY, says the facility is a marvel of engineering that creates conditions allowing participants to fly on a smooth cushion of air, with the help of certified flight instructors.

The structure will also be fitted with a room for kids’ parties and to host corporate events.

iFLY is just one of a number of projects keeping Scott busy in Calgary and surrounding area. The company, which has been in business since 1973 in Red Deer, opened its Calgary office in 1990 and currently has a total permanent staff here of 40, including 17 in its northeast office.

Vice-president business development Hans Stroete is excited about the renovation and expansion Scott has underway at the Willowridge Community Association. Designed by Nyhoff Architecture, it will be a stunning building providing more attractive and accessible amenities that will make it a landmark and focal point for the community.

Industrial buildings were the foundation of the company and it is building a 20,000-square-foot facility for Trailcon Leasing in city-owned Point Trotter Industrial Park in the southeast sector of the city, and a similar one for the same owner is under construction in Edmonton.

Scott’s current project list also includes a 9,000-square-foot warehouse for Canada Malting in Bonnybrook, an 80,000-square-foot service centre with office for AltaLink in the hamlet of Janet, and a new concept for Sunterra.

Sunterra Kensington Market will be opening a bakery, deli and coffee shop in the building between Venture Communications and the Calgary Co-op Liquor Store on Kensington Road N.W., just to the west of Crowchild Trail.

The cannabis industry is also providing four major construction projects for Scott.

In the Didsbury area, it is building a 25,000-square-foot greenhouse and a 23,000-square-foot process and office facility. For Atlas Growers, it is building the 35,000-square-foot first phase of a cannabis plant in Lac St. Anne, and to the southwest of Olds College, Scott is project managing the first of four 50,000-square-foot pods by Sundial in conjunction with Modus, the Crossfield-based modular construction specialist.

The huge job requires 60 electricians, plus many more other trades.


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Author: David Parker – Article originally appeared in the Calgary Herald.

MAIN PHOTO: Lauren Grivec, 15, enjoys the sensation of flying with the help of instructor Chris Andrews at iFLY Toronto indoor skydiving centre in Oakville, Ont., on July 16, 2015. iFly is building a similar facility in Calgary. MAIN PHOTO BY: ERNEST DOROSZUK/TORONTO SUN/POSTMEDIA NETWORK