The Wildrose Opposition has mentioned in a press conference on Thursday that the actual cost of former premier Alison Redford’s cancelled “sky palace” penthouse suite in Edmonton is approximately $1 million. The party unveiled a freedom of information request that detailed expenses over $70 million in change orders issued for the $375-million Federal Building renovation between Nov. 2009 and April 2014.
According to the opposition party, almost $2 million was spent on changes to the 11th floor, out of which $760,432 was categorized under specific design work ordered by Redford’s office that cost $173,100. It was stressed that the party’s total estimate for known “sky palace” changes is $933,532.86. Wildrose MLA, Kerry Towle, stated that “the luxury upgrades to take the 11th floor from basic meeting space to the skypalace two-bedroom penthouse were ordered so the space would reflect the style of the Hay Adams Hotel in Wasington, DC, a five-star hotel where suites start at $1,200 a night.”