The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is a world-class public art gallery celebrating regional, national and international art. In addition to its permanent collection, the AGA hosts visiting exhibitions and offers public education programs. Located in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Edmonton, the AGA connects the Gallery and the community, welcoming thousands of visitors a year to experience the world of art.
The 83,000 sq. ft. expansion and modification to this art gallery was a result of an International Design Competition won by Randall Stout Architects, a firm based in Los Angeles. The award winning design used patinaed zinc, stainless steel and high performance glazing to emulate the aurora borealis and the North Saskatchewan River, as it flows through the city. The expansion included an additional 30,000 sq. ft. to the already 53,000 sq. ft. structure that also underwent extensive renovations. The addition included a new restaurant and café, retail shops, 150-seat theatre, art education centre, premier exhibition spaces and sculpture gardens.
RJC Engineers provided building envelope design, fall arrest system design input and site review services. A key element of RJC’s scope included a review of details for thermal integrity, air barrier and vapour barrier continuity and input on cladding system materials. The review addressed detailing and construction issues and also looked at the ease of constructability of the building envelope components. Choosing materials that would convey the architectural vision and perform under the region’s weather and tolerate extreme temperature changes, was key to the success of the project.