Winner of the 2019 Grands Prix du Design award, the expansion of the headquarters of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) in Montréal has improved the quality of life of building occupants. Designed by a consortium including BGLA and NEUF architect(e)s, this project has also earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
The Ottawa Chapter is having a breakfast meeting on Thursday, March 21, at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre from 7 to 10 a.m. Chris Maskell will be presenting on “Understanding and Preventing Floor Covering Failure.”
Diamond Schmitt Architects has won a Civic Trust Award for the National Arts Centre (NAC) rejuvenation project in Ottawa. Now in its 60th year, the international event is the longest-running built environment awards program in Europe.
One of Vancouver’s most prominent landmark churches and music venue will undergo a major seismic upgrade and heritage restoration.Design practice Ryder Architecture has been retained for the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church restoration project.
On February 20, the CSC Grand Valley will have a luncheon seminar on “Selecting the Correct Underslab Membrane” at the Grand Valley Construction Association. A networking session will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by lunch and presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Traditionally, nondestructive testing (NDT) of concrete refers to testing, inspecting, or evaluating concrete materials or components without damaging or destroying the serviceability of the structure or materials. These tests have usually been performed on structures that have been in service for some time, but present-day technology allows the use of NDT methods during the construction of new concrete elements as well.
Polished concrete is one of the most widely utilized floor systems. However, a successful outcome with this material in new construction is still unpredictable. It can be difficult to translate the expectations of building owners and designers into results, particularly with the overall ‘look’ of a polished floor and/or its durability.
Energy and thermal performance requirements are growing and playing an increasingly significant role in building codes throughout North America. However, understanding and meeting these requirements has also become complex for designers. At the same time, it is clear important decisions regarding basic enclosure assembly design and window area need to be made early in the project to achieve the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and comfortable building.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is holding a convention in Quèbec where attendees will get a chance to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications, and standards. It will take place at the Québec City Convention Centre and Hilton Québec Hotel from March 24 to 28.
A collaborative effort has been launched between the National Research Council Canada (NRC), the Québec government, and Université Laval to find a solution to problems stemming from the presence of pyrrhotite in concrete.