Raked joints are commonly used in masonry walls for esthetic purposes. A widespread opinion is they reduce the fire resistance of concrete masonry. However, full-scale experimental tests and numerical studies have now found the fire resistance of walls does not greatly depend on the thickness of the mortar.
Earlier this month, construction was completed on Rigaud City Hall, a new civic administration facility for a small Québec community. Designed by Affleck de la Riva Architects, the urban redevelopment project proposes the reorganization of a section of the historic village centre and the city hall building.
In the Mile End neighbourhood of Montréal, a storefront space and basement was transformed by Thomas Balaban Architect’s (TBA) into a 345-m2 (3714-sf) mixed-use building. The structure is now home to the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital (HVdP), a Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) emergency clinic, and four residential units in and on top of a small, abandoned photo studio.
The Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury has reopened a decade after a fire caused extensive damage to the building. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) engaged a consortium comprising Architecture49, DFS Architecture and Design, and St-Gelais Montminy + Associés / Architectes (STGM) to design and execute the reconstruction work.
An article exploring techniques to meet the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) requirements using the trade-off compliance path is included in the latest addition to Construction Canada’s series of sponsored e-books.
The latest addition to Construction Canada’s series of sponsored e-books, Building with Masonry provides a detailed look at the technical aspects of designing masonry wall assemblies and restoration of deteriorated masonry buildings.
During the restoration of a clock tower in Huntsville, Ont., the contractor uncovered significant deterioration within the multi-wythe clay brick exterior walls. The project was expanded to include: demolition of the deteriorated brick walls, reconstruction of the tower walls one corner at a time, replacement of the steel roof, and recladding of the tower exterior walls.
Heritage Ottawa has slammed the latest designs for a new seven-storey addition at the rear of the Château Laurier hotel in downtown Ottawa. The preservation group is “gravely concerned the City of Ottawa may be on track to approve what would be the most disgraceful act of heritage vandalism of our generation.”