The restoration of claddings and exterior walls of heritage buildings is a growing activity in many Canadian towns and cities. However, to be acceptable for modern-day occupancies, these restored structures need to support an adequate indoor temperature, relative humidity (RH), air quality, and controlled building pressure.
During a window replacement project, setting realistic expectations, keeping stakeholders informed, selecting a means of execution that is specific to the building, and starting the process within realistic timeframes will increase the potential for success.
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.
The newly named Zatzman Sportsplex has opened in Dartmouth, N.S. A $28-million renovation and expansion designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Abbott Brown Architects adds new amenities and services to this major civic recreational facility.
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.