The new landmark building for the School of Continuing Studies at York University’s (YorkU’s) Keele campus exhibits a distinct twisted shape, emblematic of the school’s identity and culture, which is centred around accelerated professional growth in response to the rapidly changing labour market.
Wind-driven kinetic façade systems add dynamic movement to building enclosures and wall systems. Responding to air currents, the flapper-panel design creates the look of rolling waves across the wall. Suitable for both small- and large-scale projects, popular applications include transit and parking facilities, cultural institutions, entertainment venues, and artistic installations.
The Building NX retrofit at Humber College, Toronto, has been awarded the Zero Carbon Building—Design certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). It is the first retrofit in the country to achieve this certification.
The Xiqu Centre, a performing arts venue in Hong Kong designed by Vancouver-based Revery Architecture, reimagines theatre drapes and the swaying folds of the performers’ costumes with a glowing curvilinear façade.
Historically, liquid fluoropolymer coatings have been the product of choice for coating aluminum architectural components in Canada. This is due to the extensive colour and gloss options, and their ability to be economically produced in small batches of custom hues.
Adoption of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) has resulted in big changes in the fenestration industry. However, does this signal changes for exterior wall materials, as well? Extruded aluminum—aluminum alloy which has been pressed through a die to create building components with unique cross-sectional shapes—is commonly used in curtain wall framing and other fenestration elements.
In 2009, Montréal-based international corporation Rio Tinto Alcan began the process of modernizing its aluminium smelter located in Kitimat, B.C. To provide space for the new smelter, several existing facilities were dismantled and the area was cleared. Additionally, two lodging camps for workers were built.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) announced AP60 Phase I, an aluminum smelter in Jonquière, Que., as its Project of the Year. The Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA)/SNC–Lavalin/Hatch joint venture beat out contenders from around the globe to claim the top spot.
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