Project of the year
The Elevation Place multiplex in Canmore, Alta., Top Project in the Design-Institutional category, boasts a 2,500- square-metre aquatic centre as well as a library, climbing centre, fitness centre, and multi-use community space.
Graham Construction & Engineering Inc. used building information modelling and 3-D modelling to coordinate the structure. Detailed erection and crane hoisting plans had to be created to hoist 30,000-pound glulam beams into place. Engineered Doka formwork was used to pour 30-foot concrete columns in one pour with full liquid head to achieve the desired finish.
Targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold, the building, constructed on a brownfield site, includes geothermal ejection and injection wells that harness cooling and heating from an aquifer 50 feet below the building.
Gibbs Gage Architects designed the facility, with Cascade Engineering Group providing structural engineering. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., which had acquired Wiebe Forest Engineering Ltd., provided mechanical engineering, and SMP Engineering provided electrical engineering.