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Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex

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Calgary, AB
Building Structure Type:
Post Secondary
University of Calgary
Gibbs Gage Architects; Diamond Schmitt Architects
Ellis Don Construction Services Inc.
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With many of RJC’s engineers having graduated from the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering, the firm was extremely excited and honoured to be a part of the major expansion and renovations to the existing complex. Some of the project’s more prominent features include vast new spaces created for optimal teaching and learning and research environments, as well as, new labs designed to encourage a hands-on learning experience.

Engineering students will be inspired by the abundance of exposed structural elements and engineering details visible throughout the building, including walls of structural glazing rising 17 meters at the south entrance, cross braces featured on the north and south areas of the building and a permanently visible 4.7 meter deep truss spanning above the original lecture theatres. The project demonstrates RJC Engineers’ ability to deliver functional and practical designs using signature structural elements that define and enhance the architectural vision. This was all accomplished with phased construction throughout a continuously occupied building. The completed building is a state of the art facility, designed to educate and inspire generations of future engineers.


  • Interior Design – Award of Merit  |  Prairie Design Awards  |  2018
  • Award of Merit: Buildings - Institutional  |  Consulting Engineers of Alberta  |  2018
  • Honorable Mention - Urban Architecture  |  Mayor's Urban Design Awards (MUDA)  |  2017
  • Engineering Award  |  Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Alberta  |  2017