University of Calgary Downtown Campus
Location: Calgary, AB
This project consisted of repurposing the existing 8th and 8th Health Building in downtown Calgary to accommodate the University of Calgary’s Downtown Campus, including: 17 flexible, general-purpose classrooms; two computer classrooms; 42 seminar/meeting/breakout rooms; 10 multipurpose rooms; a bookstore; and a library.
Phase One included asbestos abatement; demolition of all interior and exterior components; reinforcement of existing structural components; partial removal of the structure to accommodate new floor plans; extension of the structure; and raising the roof structure to accommodate a new two-storey internal atrium. Unique architecturally, half of the envelope consists of curtain wall, and the other half is black zinc shingle cladding with a curved façade and punched windows.
Phase Two involved interior tenant work including the entire fitout of all six floors and the basement. Phase Three was an update of the adjacent parkade including structural upgrades, re-surfacing, revamping of the mechanical and electrical systems, and the design and installation of a Ned Khan exterior screening system comprising 4,800 individual stainless steel ‘flappers’ that move independently, creating unique and random patterns and reflections in the wind.
The building achieved LEED® Silver.
Marshall Tittemore Architects (now MTA Urban Design Architecture Interior Design)
University of Calgary and 906 – 8th Avenue SW GP Inc
30 months (including pre-construction)