Sarcee Operations Workplace Centre Administration Building

Calgary, Canada

Located on an existing gravel quarry, the Sarcee Operational Workplace Centre Administration Building is a three-storey, 40,000 ft² facility featuring exposed structural steel framing.

Sarcee Operations Workplace Centre Administration Building

Calgary, Canada

Located on an existing gravel quarry, the Sarcee Operational Workplace Centre Administration Building is a three-storey, 40,000 ft² facility featuring exposed structural steel framing.

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Challenge
Human-induced floor vibrations were a consideration given that the floor system consists of long-span cantilevers and no orthogonal secondary steel beams. An open concept floor system with very limited floor-to-ceiling partition walls minimizes damping effects.
Solution
To increase the mass of an effective floor area susceptible to floor vibrations, hangers were detailed to interconnect the second and third floors with the roof framing. These hangers also serve to provide support for the ribbon curtain wall system and are concealed within the aluminum curtain wall vertical mullion system.


Challenge
The Sarcee Operations Workplace Centre is located on a former gravel quarry. Unconsolidated, non-native, and variable fill material was used to bring it up to its current elevation. The fill thickness underneath the building footprint is up to 10 metres deep.
Solution
Structural steel driven H-piles were used as the foundation system. The H-piles were advanced through a thin layer of leftover bedrock lens to ensure consistent soil resistance properties. The ground floor slab is a structured slab at grade to eliminate the risk of excessive settlement.

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