Shortly after the energy crisis of the early 1970s, a group of researchers from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Saskatchewan institutions, led by Harold Orr, set out to transform how buildings were designed and constructed in this country. The result was Saskatchewan Conservation House—a forerunner of today’s Passive House (PH) projects.
The Saskatoon Chapter will begin its year by hosting a technical lunch meeting on September 30. The event, which kicks off at the Ramada Saskatoon 11:45 a.m., will delve into the world of audiovisual (A/V) design.
Canadian green construction is booming, with research indicating the trend is not slowing—by 2017, the amount of green construction projects will double, motivated by the desire for high-quality, environmentally responsible buildings. At its core, green building is a focus on making smart and sustainable decisions about building site, water use, energy and atmosphere, materials, size, and indoor environmental quality.
A decade ago, designing the esthetics of an exposed ventilation system in open architectural ceiling applications began with colour, material, and dispersion method selection. The suspension or top end of the ventilation system was the least esthetic concern—it was typically the last choice, or just an after-thought in the process.
More than 650 members of the Saskatoon Police Service moved into their new home this summer—a facility addressing numerous issues that arose as the service grew and modern policing methods evolved over the past 30 years.
Saskatoon’s North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge Replacement project are being funded through a public-private partnership (P3) with the federal government.
Saskatchewan is contributing $50 million to the project, while the federal government is providing an additional investment of up to $66 million through the P3 Canada Fund. The 107-year-old traffic bridge will be replaced and a new bridge connecting roadways and crossing the city’s north end will be constructed. After completion, traffic congestion will be reduced and travel times will be shortened.
Beyond the traditional homes, multi-family buildings, and institutional/commercial/industrial (ICI) facilities, many design/construction professionals are regularly engaged with work on major infrastructure. Whether roads, sewers, transit systems, power utilities, dams, or telecommunications networks, these often high-profile and large-scale projects can be far more complex than a typical building.