Steel Design


Spring 2019

Pre-painted Z275 (G90) galvanized steel, clads environmentally conscious self storage structure

The renovation of this 100-year-old 18,580m2 (200,000 sq. ft.) Yarn Mill into an energy efficient storage facility, occurred over several phases. PHASE 1: Demolition started January 5, 2018 and occupancy on the first floor was July 25, 2018.

PHASE 2 begins this summer. Significant challenges were experienced in turning a structure which was built 100 years ago into a state-of-the-art energy efficient building that would be NET ZERO on electricity and heating/cooling. Consistent with the owners sustainability goals a geothermal energy system was installed that provides heating/cooling and in turn controls the humidity.

This Summer a Net Metering System will be installed that will produce electricity for their own consumption. To help keep the size and cost of these systems feasible, they had to look all the loads that would be created and try to reduce consumption of watts per square foot.

Green Storage Interior

Research was conducted to determine cost effective ways to find the balance of costs between LED lighting, insulation, solar, geothermal, domestic water consumption and controls. The result, is an energy efficient, spacious and attractive facility. Objective achieved.

Green Storage Facilities are located across Ontario – Ajax, Bolton, Aurora, Keswick, Newmarket, Orillia, Toronto and now Hamilton.

Green Storage Hamilton

Green Storage Solutions Inc. 905-424-2947


ATKINS + VAN GROLL Inc. 416-489-7888


Agway Metals 1-866-631-3239


Chaiss Sheet Metal 519-954-0936


Green Storage Staff and Google

Wall cladding utilized for the exterior cladding on the renovated Yarn Mill:


Agway Metals 7-175 and HF12 siding coloured QC28262 Black


Agway QC10581 coloured Storage Green.

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Design Versatility, Ease of Installation and Resilience

The versatility of steel gives architects and engineers the freedom to achieve their most ambitious visions, and provides contractors with a highly engineered, high-quality building material. Steel is used in everything from industrial to iconic structures, and is particularly suited to mid-rise construction, where turnkey framing solutions for virtually any type of residential or commercial building project are available.

Steel offers consistently high-quality standards, precision products and guaranteed strength and durability in the most challenging environments. Steel is produced to the most exacting specifications under highly controlled conditions, eliminating the risks of on-site variability, which is an inherent disadvantage with other building materials. Steel is dimensionally stable and can be manufactured to very tight […]


AZM150 Galvalume® Steel Provides Added Protection to this Heritage Trust Structure

Wolfville’s Railroad Station is one of Nova Scotia’s few remaining brick railway stations. The Station was abandoned in 1990 when Dominion Atlantic Railway ceased passenger service in the Annapolis Valley. However, after months of community fundraising efforts, private donations, and support from the Province and the Town of Wolfville, the station was purchased by the Wolfville Library Foundation.

The station, a two-and-a-half storey brick and stone building, is valued for its historical association to the railway system in the Annapolis Valley and for its renovation in 1993 by Wolfville’s citizens. In 1994, the Foundation received the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia Built Heritage Award for the Station’s restoration. The current Wolfville Memorial Library, […]


Pre-painted Galvanized Steel – perfect for Wall and Roof Cladding

Number Ten Architectural Group has a long history of working in remote areas of northern Canada. In particular, the Winnipeg-based firm’s academic buildings have enriched the educational and recreation- al quality of life for indigenous communities. Pre-painted Z275 (G90) galvanized steel was chosen for the wall and roof cladding for its durable and non-combustible properties.

The Fox Lake Cree Nation School is located in the town of Gillam, a semi-rural community in Northern Manitoba. The 1,349m2 (14,520 sq. ft.) elementary school accommodates a student population of 65 (town population 1,300), as well as a high school re-entry program and adult education. The school’s modest scale and low-slung roofs create an […]


Certification of Canadian Manufacturers of Lightweight Steel Framing (LSF)

The CSSBI has developed a new standard CSSBI 61-18 Manufacturer Certification Requirements for Cold Formed Steel Framing Members. Under the CSSBI certification program, a participating Manufacturer certifies that the designated structural and non-structural cold formed steel (CFS) framing members it produces meet or exceed the applicable ASTM International (ASTM), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and American […]


Pre-painted Galvanized Steel Insulated Steel Panels complement revitalized Terminal 1

Ideally located on the St. Lawrence River, Montreal’s Old Port is renowned for its walking and cycling network, along with free public spaces with spectacular views of the river and of the city skyline. This project, completed in 2018, the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quai, adds to this network and showcases an insulated steel panel exterior envelope solution on the buildings.

In 1967 the Iberville Passenger Terminal, or Terminal 1, was constructed on a 305m x 91m (1,000 ft. x 298.5 ft.) pier for receiving cruise ship passengers. Parallel to it was a parking structure, or Terminal 2. They extend nearly the entire length of the pier. A project to renovate the entire cruise ship terminal […]


Innovative design utilizing pre-painted Galvalume Cladding and Hollow Structural Steel framing

This centre is a state-of-the-art, multi-discipline performing arts space designed for community and professional use. Since its opening it has housed dance, theatre and musical performances of all types and skill levels.

It is on the campus of Menlo-Atherton High School, surrounded by the semi-rustic environment of Menlo Park. The project’s highly conceptual design was inspired by the surrounding heritage valley and coastal oak groves on campus. The interior of the centre is dominated by a five-hundred seat auditorium which can be optimized acoustically for either dramatic […]