PROJECTS - COMMERCIAL
ATCO COMMERCIAL CENTRE – COMMONS BUILDING
Calgary, AB Gibbs Gage Architects / Pickard Chilton Architects International
MMP Structural Engineering Ltd.
ATCO is one of Canada’s most diversified and community-minded companies. So when they decided to build a state-of-the-art Calgary campus, it was no surprise they wanted more than just office and meeting space. Linking two four-story offices is ATCO Commons: a multi-purpose facility that will house the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Café and Learning Centre. The Commons will provide public dining, cooking demonstrations, as well as classes and camps for residents, schools and community groups. Glulam construction figures prominently in the ceiling, beams, columns, decking and benches – creating a natural look befitting of a company that has become part of the Alberta landscape.
This project used about 522 cubic meters of wood products which can grow in about 1 minute in the U.S. and Canadian forests. Approximately 458 metric tons of CO2 are stored in this wood, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 177 metric tons of CO2/year. This is equivalent to 134 cars off the road for one year.
Group 2 Architecture
Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
Ritchie is a historic Edmonton community that is attracting a new generation of residents. Poul Mark and Greg Zeschuck envisioned a neighbourhood hub where people could shop for locally produced goods, harkening back to the community’s early days. Their open-concept market was designed around transparency: a place where customers can see their coffee being roasted, their meat being cut, and their beer being brewed. The second floor features an innovative glulam beam and concrete composite system that is mechanically engineered into a cohesive structural unit – dramatically increasing the span capabilities.
SAWRIDGE INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE
Fort McMurray, AB
The architect uses a combination of exposed and hidden connections to provide the customer with a ‘Heavy Timber Truss’ look, without making it cluttered.
External design elements tied in seamlessly with internal structural and design elements.
Exposed Glulam trusses, purlins and roof deck manufactured in Edmonton and shipped to the site for assembly.