March 13, 2018 6:32 pm

$1.65M fix underway at Alberta Federal Building

Renovations underway at the Alberta Federal Building in Edmonton Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Tom Vernon, Global News
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Just three years after reopening its doors, the Federal Building in downtown Edmonton is once again undergoing repairs.

Work is underway to replace a number of wooden soffit sections after ice buildup last winter caused them to separate. The cost of the repairs is about $1.65 million.

The Federal Building reopened in February 2015, after refurbishments cost taxpayers more than $400 million.

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The building made national headlines in 2014 when it was revealed that former premier Alison Redford’s office had ordered revisions to transform the top floor into a swank penthouse retreat for Redford and her daughter.

Plans called for the “sky palace” to be modelled after a ritzy hotel in Washington, D.C., with bedrooms, showers, a butler’s pantry, powder rooms and other luxuries.

READ MORE: Alberta premier apologizes for ‘sky palace’ situation

The top floor was returned to its original configuration as meeting rooms.

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