KPMB; Smith Carter
The City of Saskatoon
19,000 m² (205,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
2011, Award of Excellence, Canadian Architect
The Remai Modern, Art Gallery of Saskatchewan is situated in River Landing, a developing cultural and community hub in Saskatoon’s south downtown. It more than triples space for temporary and collection-related exhibitions and includes a community gallery, studio classrooms, a film and lecture theatre, meeting rooms, and spaces for receptions and other public events.
The striking building features a unique composition thanks to four stacked horizontal volumes that overlook the South Saskatchewan River.
The project meets rigorous gallery standards required to host world-class national and international touring exhibitions, previously unavailable to the city. It also exceeds some of these standards, thanks to project goals like designing for 50 percent lower energy consumption compared to international gallery standards. Energy efficiency contributes to the project’s LEED® Silver certification.
Challenge: The Gallery needed structural framing for stacked horizontal volumes that cantilever up to 45 feet while providing unobstructed views of the river. Vierendeel trusses met this need but presented an additional challenge: since the Gallery’s multipurpose room will foreseeably host large crowds dancing near where other people may sit and eat, excessive vibration of the room’s Vierendeel truss structure must be prevented.
Solution: A vibration analysis was performed, and a tuned mass damper was provided in the floor of the room to keep vibration below an acceptable level.