Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Architect: Randall Stout Architects, Inc. & HIP Architects
The Art Gallery of Alberta, a cornerstone of downtown Edmonton, underwent a remarkable transformation in 2009 with a collaboration between BPTEC and San Francisco-based structural engineering firm DeSimone Consulting Engineers. Originally constructed in 1969, the Art Gallery served admirably for over 35 years. However, aging infrastructure and the evolving vision of a contemporary public art gallery necessitated a significant upgrade. The mechanical and electrical systems were outdated and there were significant building envelope breaches resulting in roof leaks and ice damming in the walls.
BPTEC played a pivotal role in the renovations, addressing challenges posed by the ambitious architectural design. Tasks included installing new foundations within and beneath the existing structure, implementing a substantial mechanical and electrical system, preserving the structure of an adjoining LRT station, and navigating the intricate 3-dimensional geometry of the new structure.
The project, completed in 2009 with a grand opening in 2010, doubled the gallery’s area, resolving long-standing building envelope concerns, and achieving environmental controls meeting the highest museum standards. BPTEC’s responsibilities encompassed foundational work, structural modifications to the existing structure, site inspections, and seamless coordination with DeSimone. Notably, this project marked one of the first instances in Edmonton where 3D modeling with Revit was employed in structural design, showcasing a commitment to innovation in both form and function.
Featured Image Credit: Travel Alberta / Sameer Ahmed