Masonary Awards of Excellence

2011 Alberta Masonry Design Awards

WINNER OF PRESIDENTIAL AWARD: Royal Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion

Owner: Canadian Pacific Railway
Architect: DIALOG
General Contractor: Centron Construction
Masonry Contractor: G & M Stone Masonry Ltd.
Engineer: DIALOG

The inspiration for the Royal Canadian Pacific Entry Pavilion is the image of a historic steel trestle bridge. The trestle sets up the primary public space-the grand foyer or Galleria-that links directly to the existing Royal Canadian Pacific train pavilion. A three-storey wall of cable and glass faces the Palliser Hotel and fills the Galleria with natural light. The full-height interior west wall features large module limestone masonry, as does the exterior cladding at both the front entrance and the building base along First Street southwest. In addition to being a durable and highly attractive building material, the use of limestone masonry is consistent with the existing train pavilion and is sympathetic to the adjacent Palliser Hotel and the neighbouring Grain Exchange building. Other materials include black plate steel and glass. The facility embraces the history and contemporary values of the current-day Canadian Pacific company. Oversized heavy steel members emulate the traditional trestle bridge and the large module limestone masonry reflects the heavy nature of the Rocky Mountains.

WINNER OF ARTISTIC USE OF MASONRY: Rustic Art

Owners: Aldeene & Paul Gianellia
Artist: Shayne Sas
Masonry Contractor: Rushing River Masonry
Other Team Member: Rundle Rock Building Stone

In all, nine months were required to mould each handpicked stone to recreate an exquisite mountain effect. This majestic fireplace creates a focal point and gives a visual presence and luxurious feel.

WINNER OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING: The Water Centre

Owner: City of Calgary
Architect: Sturgess Architecture and Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.
General Contractor: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd.
Masonry Contractor: Pockar Masonry Ltd.
Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
The building marries the aspects of environmental fit and functional program into an iconic form that is symbolic of both its user and of its context.

WINNER OF EDUCATIONAL/INSTITUTIONAL: Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

Owner: City of Calgary
Architect: GEC Architecture
General Contractor: Graham Construction
Masonry Contractor: Pockar Masonry Ltd., Gracom and Thibeault Masonry Ltd.
Engineer: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Other Team Member: CH2M HILL

Masonry provides the natural appearance and civic aesthetic to meet the project's design needs, while also providing the performance, durability and life cycle to successfully function in a demanding industrial environment.

WINNER OF MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL: Riverside Quays

Owner: Statesman Group of Companies
Architect: NORR Architects Engineers Planners
General Contractor: Statesman Group of Companies
Masonry Contractor: Aurora Masonry Ltd.
Engineer: Hemisphere Engineering

Masonry was selected for Riverside Quays because of the aesthetic appeal and superior low maintenance qualities of the product. As well, masonry expresses an architectural timelessness of permanence and quality.


WINNER OF RESTORATION: Coach House

Architect: Richard Lindseth Architecture Inc.
General Contractor: Hassell Construction Ltd.
Masonry Contractor: IB Jensen Masonry Ltd.

The differing architectural languages of the properties are united by the new design, which draws on elements from each of the buildings.

WINNER OF SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL: Silvertip Residence

Architect: Richard Lindseth Architecture Inc.
General Contractor: Sterling Timber Frame Homes
Masonry Contractor: Boulder Works
Engineer: KTA Structural Engineers Ltd.
Other Team Member: Richard Lindseth Architecture Inc.

Masonry elements comprise the most significant element of this contemporary mountain residence in Canmore.

WINNER OF STRUCTURAL MASONRY DESIGN: Folly in the Devonian Botanic Garden

Owner: University of Alberta, Devonian Botanic Garden
Architect: the marc boutin architectural collaborative inc.
General Contractor: Scorpio Masonry (Northern) Inc.
Masonry Contractor: Scorpio Masonry (Northern) Inc.
Engineer: Grant Structural Engineering

The Folly in the Devonian Botanic Garden is a memorial, a gateway and a place to look out over one of Alberta's best landscapes. It was commissioned in honour of a lifelong patron.


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