*Project led by David Watson while employed at a previous firm.
Kingston Ontario, Canada
City of Kingston
Structural Engineering Consultant
2008, Ontario Steel Design Award - Green Building Category, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
The modern K-Rock Centre, home to the Kingston Frontenacs OHL team, signalled the revitalization of the downtown Kingston area. This 6,000-seat multi-purpose arena was the first of its kind to be LEED Silver-accredited in Canada.
The Centre includes event space, an ice rink, dressing rooms, and back-of-house facilities. Spectators can watch games and special events unfold from the lower seating bowl, private suites, and the upper seating area.
Built on a former industrial location in downtown Kingston dating from the 1800s, the site required extensive soil remediation. Contaminated bedrock had been contained with backfill after the removal of upper soils. To limit the removal of contaminants from the site, the project team used a lighter steel structure that enabled the use of smaller drilled caissons.
Challenge: To accommodate this fast-paced design-build project, our team had to prepare advanced drawings for structural steel six weeks after winning the project.
Solution: Our experience designing structures for sporting venues showed through as we helped the owner and contractor understand the process using documents like outline specifications and risk documents. We also worked closely with structural subcontractors to complete the drawings.