Diamond Schmitt Architects have designed a new and innovative campus for York University that will rise in Markham, Ont., adjacent to Toronto. The Markham Centre Campus (MCC) is the first public university in York Region. It features a vertical campus building that is fully integrated with the area’s diverse, growing network of commerce, athletics, arts, and entrepreneurial communities.
Since roll-formed and laser-welded steel methodology is relatively new for curtain walls, this article addresses three relevant inaccuracies as they relate to Canada’s snow-laden winters, subarctic temperatures, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4.1 goals.
As specifiers of commercial buildings look to achieve durable and long-lasting structures, many are turning to hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) as a method for protecting structural-steel members against atmospheric corrosion for many decades.
A November 2016 fire destroyed the Brantford Gymnastics Academy in Ontario. A new, custom-designed structure with a standing seam roof system and insulated metal panels (IMPs) on the exterior walls was determined to be the best option, as it would meet the insurance requirements and ambitious construction timeline.
Specifiers are looking to hot-dip galvanize exterior architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) to protect their designs for generations to enjoy. However, this practice can lead to friction between the architect, steel fabricator, and galvanizer, as there are misconceptions about the appearance of hot-dip galvanized steel.
Proper specification, design, and installation of a zinc roof can provide an esthetically appealing, cost-effective, durable system capable of lasting for up to 80 years. To realize the full potential of a zinc roof, it is important to understand not only project-specific conditions, but also the material’s composition and colour palette, seam types, attachment, and installation.
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.