The original building was built in 1956 and features a barrel roof, supported by bowstring wood trusses spanning 80 feet.
The trusses – a common structural component employed in North America prior to the 1960s – lend the existing building its distinctive form. The complete renovation of the building will celebrate these bowstring wood trusses, showcasing them with internal illumination through a glazed building facade.
The commercial and industrial past of the building will also be recognized through the use of traditional materials and design features that recall the industrial character of the original building.
Friends of University Hospitals Heart to Heart Boutique
2016 / Edmonton, AB
Located in the University of Alberta Hospital’s Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, the project transformed an existing storage room into a retail shop for the non-profit organization Friends of University Hospitals.
The new design features three box-framed windows to expand the space outwards into the adjacent rotunda space, while bringing in daylight from the glazed rotunda into the boutique space. The stepping of the windows provide interior display variation and echo the rotunda steps.
Addition + Renovation 2014 / Edmonton, AB
A complete renovation and addition to an existing 45-year old industrial building, provides 1100-square-metres of office and work area for a company providing radar inspection services.
Main floor functions will include meeting / library, manager’s office, open workstation area for approximately 30 persons, locker / washrooms, general shop and vehicle washbays. On the second floor, private offices, records, staff kitchen, washrooms, and shell space, will be provided.
The design was driven primarily by the functional program, limitations of the current infrastructure, requirements for vehicle parking imposed by the site zoning, and the desire for an aesthetic appropriate to the nature of the operation and the site context.
97 Street Facades
2012 / Edmonton, AB
Designs improvements were developed for existing building facades as part of the City of Edmonton’s 97 Street Upgrade Program.
The designs enhance the urban environment by providing tactile and colour richness, integration with signage, enhanced evening illumination, and an expression appropriate for the neighbourhood and function.
International Beauty Services
Addition + Renovation 2011 / Edmonton, AB
The project expands and upgrades the headquarters of a large supplier and training provider for beauty products. The existing 40-year old warehouse is expanded, and renovations made to the retail/display, classroom, and administration areas.
A 490-square-metre second floor addition provides reception, private and open offices, boardroom, work / file rooms, and personnel facilities. A 2-storey public entrance with multi-coloured glazing, and new textured cladding updates the exterior and allude to the nature of the products contained within. The design incorporates solar panels on the original roof area along with other energy-sustainable features.