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University of Calgary Heritage Medical Building; Atrium Glazing

  • UofC-Heritage-Medical_web
Calgary, AB
Building Structure Type:
Post Secondary , Research facility/Lab
Material Type:
University of Calgary
PCL Construction / Ferguson Glass Western Ltd.
Number of Storeys:
Practice areas
Originally constructed in 1987, the atrium of the Heritage Medical Building required more than a few ""bucket supports"" over the years when storm clouds rolled in from the Rockies. The aesthetic shape of the skylight posed issues for conventional rehabilitation work, so the University looked to Read Jones Christoffersen (RJC) for solutions.The new structure covers 18,000 square feet and incorporates over 900 Insulated Glazing Units (IGU's). RJC pioneered a new method of building a curved skylight out of straight rafters called the ""Bent Rafter Concept"". To facilitate expedient repair on a tight deadline, a collaborative design process was implemented, and the result was a 12-month work process from Initial Evaluation to Substantial Performance of the contract. The work was completed in early 2013. When heavy rains and flooding devastated Calgary that June, all of the students and faculty in the Heritage Medical Building remained completely dry.