Several factors influenced the design of the new Arc’teryx flagship store in Vancouver, but all led to the prominent use of zinc on the exterior. The retail chain, founded by local climbers in 1989, offers high-performance outdoor equipment and clothing. Custom titanium zinc panels, installed on a diagonal façade along with granite to symbolize the nearby mountain horizon, highlight the retailer’s largest Canadian store.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo, Ont., have found a better way to identify atomic structures, an essential step in improving materials selection in the aviation, construction, and automotive industries.
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) has selected Saucier+Perrotte Architectes/GLCRM & Associés Architectes, a consortium of Québec architects, to design its new museum. This is the culmination of a competition launched in June 2017.
The term ‘thermal movement’ refers to a material’s dimensional changes resulting from temperature swings. A material experiencing a rise or decrease of temperature expands or contracts, respectively—this poses an interesting challenge when it comes to designing metal panel roof assemblies.
The purpose of an accelerated corrosion test is to duplicate the field corrosion performance of a building material in the laboratory. This provides scientists and engineers with a means of quickly developing new products. For many years, the salt spray test has been used extensively for this purpose by researchers in the evaluation of new metallic coatings, paint coatings, types of chemical treatments, and paint pretreatments for use with metallic-coated steel sheet products.
The combination of steel and portland cement stucco has been successfully used in various climates and in applications across the country. Properly specified and installed with a drainage plane, this combo provides a fire-resistant and non-combustible cladding, making it suited for multi-family and other high-rise structures.