Community Update - IISC Downtown Masjid Remodeling/Renovations


May 31, 2019

As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu,

The key focus of the IISC team has been two-fold:

  • To ensure that the IISC Edmonton Trail relocation was on track before the start of Ramadan

  • Comprehensive review and completed the planning phase including all of the City of Calgary requirements for the Downtown Masjid remodeling and renovations

We are pleased to provide you with an update regarding the Downtown Masjid Project and on-going renovations. Here are the milestones we have achieved for the Downtown Masjid:

  • July 2018: Secured the main-floor (termination of leases and tenant evictions) before the remodeling and extended it as the main prayer space for the Masjid

  • November 2018: Completed interior demolitions (main-floor), and obtained City's approvals to include both floors as part of the Downtown Masjid

  • March 2019: Completed floor concept designs, architecture drawings, and City's approvals (including Development Permit)

  • April 2019: Secured structural engineering assessment and designs (drawings) to relocate the stairs, mechanical rooms, and opening the space as prayer hall and as a multipurpose facility for our programs

  • May/June 2019: (work-in-progress) Engaged Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to complete the redesigned HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire suppression systems, etc.

  • June 2019 - onward: Building Permits and complete remodeling/renovations, in-sha'Allah

We would like to share the floor plans with you all (below), and in-sha'Allah will start renovations as soon as we complete all the remaining requirements. Like any other construction work, we also anticipate some disruptions causing inconvenience during the construction period. Regardless, we are planning to continue holding the five-daily prayers on the upper floor, in-sha'Allah. Also, the Friday prayers will continue to be held at the Ramada Hotel until we fully complete all renovations are completed.

With your generous donations, we have sufficient funds for the remodeling of the main-floor. However, we can anticipate that we may need to raise additional funds only in the future to fully complete both floors. We will keep you posted as we continue making progress.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at info@iisc.ca.

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