2787 m² (30,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
2016 Charter Award for Neighbourhood, District, and Corridor, Congress of New Urbanism
2016 Award of Meting, Canadian Institute of Planners
The Kensington Legion No. 264 project is a new development that houses the Royal Canadian Legion in a modern, mixed-use facility in the Calgary community of Hillhurst. The project is part of a progressive partnership between a private developer-builder and the Kensington Legion.
The new Legion building is a four-storey concrete structure containing kitchen, office, and social function spaces for the Royal Canadian Legion on the lower floors. The two upper floors contain commercial office space intended for longy-term revenue generation.
The building features a prominent and engaging design at street level to help foster a community-focused neighborhood and a slender rooftop halo feature to provide unique impact from a distance.
Challenge: A column-free floor plate was desired for the third and fourth floor office areas. This created the need for a 12-metre span to the exterior columns on the south side.
Solution: Unbalanced span conditions meant optimizing the slab thickness as necessary to provide the gretest economy to the structural system while still maintaing a consistant slab edge detailing to suit a repeitious glazing system.
Challenge: The architectural halo presented a design challenge where we were asked to span nearly three-quarters of the entire building length.
Solution: Different material options were investigated and analyzed under wind vibration analysis to determine the most feasible structure while still maintaining the architectural vision.