*Project led by Brock Schroeder and Blaine Jansen while employed at a previous firm.
FWB Architecture with Nyhoff Architecture
City of Lethbridge
4,125 m² (44,401 ft2)
Structural Engineering Consultant
Lethbridge, Alberta’s thriving arts community includes various groups as well as the University of Lethbridge Conservatory program. With the completion of the Lethbridge Community Arts Centre (CASA), downtown Lethbridge now offers a modern meeting place for them all, including: an exhibition gallery; 2D and 3D classrooms and studios; a textile studio and dance studio; music theatre and music rehearsal studio and multi-purpose rehearsal space; plus the University of Lethbridge Conservatory music classroom and music practice rooms.
Timber construction at the roof level was chosen as a cost-competitive and aesthetically-pleasing alternative to steel construction. A number of sustainable design initiatives were implemented, including concrete cement replacement and the use of FSC-certified woods in the exposed glue-laminated construction.
We coordinated closely with project partners throughout the design process as the majority of structure, plus mechanical and electrical was exposed.
Challenge: Functional demands on the structure included: high floor-to-floor construction on the lowest level; flexibility in loading requirements in the gallery space; vibration resistance in the dance studio; and acoustic requirements in the performance space.
Solution: To meet these demands, the building structure consists of exposed cast-in-place concrete up to the second level, and exposed glue-laminated timber construction at the roof level.