Exterior Rendering of 9th Avenue Parkade & Platform Innovation Centre

Platform Innovation Centre & Parkade

Calgary, Canada

The Platform Innovation Centre & Parkade (formerly, the 9th Avenue Parkade & Platform Innovation Centre) on 9th Ave SE is a strong addition to the fabric of downtown Calgary and is unlike your typical parking garage structure.

Platform Innovation Centre & Parkade

Exterior Rendering of 9th Avenue Parkade & Platform Innovation Centre

Calgary, Canada

The Platform Innovation Centre & Parkade (formerly, the 9th Avenue Parkade & Platform Innovation Centre) on 9th Ave SE is a strong addition to the fabric of downtown Calgary and is unlike your typical parking garage structure.

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Challenge

The site has several constraint challenges, such as the CP Rail corridor to the south, the existing LRT tunnel bisecting the site heading in a somewhat north/south orientation (approximately 30 degrees skewed from due north), a large water main and utility right of way corridor to the east and adjacent to the LRT tunnel, 9th Avenue SE at the north end of the property, and access requirements from Enmax’s District Energy. The structure spans up to 38 meters across the existing LRT tunnel and utility right of way (ROW) creating a vast column-free entrance.

Solution

Four (4) large structural steel mega trusses encased in concrete for fire protection and corrosion resistance (in addition to matching the architectural layout of the perimeter columns) were designed to clear span the LRT tunnel and the utility ROW. These trusses were installed in-situ piece by piece and required an elaborate system of temporary bracing.

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