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Historic Cave and Basin Renewal

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  • Cave-Basin-Banff, AB
Location:
Banff, AB
Building Structure Type:
Heritage
Owner/Developer:
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Architect:
NORR Architects Engineers Planners
Contractor:
Hurst Construction Building / Oskar Construction Ltd.
Number of Storeys:
2
Size:
20, 897 sq. ft.
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Commemorating the birthplace of Canada’s National Park system, which began in 1885, Parks Canada proposed to undertake a major renewal project for the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff National Park. The project involved the rehabilitation and renovation of the historic bathing pavilion as well as improvements to the entry pathway and interpretive exhibits. The intent of the project was to enhance the visitor experience and ensure the continued protection of the cultural and ecological elements at the site. As part of the project team, RJC completed a structural assessment and repair of the original concrete and rundle stone building, built in 1914. A new 2-storey multi-purpose building was also designed, using engineered wood products to support natural rundle stone veneer. Working closely with the design team, RJC helped to resolve the complex set of challenges presented by the site’s historical context and unique ecological considerations, in order to create a renewed world class visitor experience.