Steel Design


Fall 2019

Community boasts net-zero energy with the help of sleek Pre-painted Galvalume Steel Exterior

The healthy homes of Grow Community, an urban neighborhood on Bainbridge Island, just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. The project combines private cottages, townhomes and lofts available for purchase, along with rental flats and townhomes, with a total of 131 housing units on 2.2 hectares (5 acres). Homes are clustered in ‘pocket neighborhoods’ around pea patches and outdoor gathering areas.

Grow Community is a development that appeals to individuals and families looking to enrich their lives with environmental responsibility, while reaping the benefits of a high-quality, healthy lifestyle. Residents of this community boast zero carbon footprints and use sustainable transport, water, food and materials on a daily basis.

Unique, sustainable and energy-efficient homes are built to ambitious green building standards.

Phase I of the Grow Community project began as a community building experience and this evolved into the first endorsed One Planet Living Community in the United States (5th in the world), where every residential home lives within the resources of the planet. Grow Community’s first completed neighborhood is not only powered by a photovoltaic system employing roof mounted solar panels, but it also includes net-zero energy homes. The project team needed to match the innovative and eco-friendly environment of the Village with equally sustainable materials to achieve the desired outcome.

More than 1,115m2 (12,000 sq. ft.) of pre-painted .61mm (7/8”) Corrugated AZ50 (AZM150 in Canada) Galvalume® steel Wall Panels coloured Mistique Plus in the Kynar 500 paint system, clad the exterior walls of each home in the Village. Steel cladding met Grow Community’s sustainability goals because the panels have a long life span, are 100% recyclable and contain a high percentage of recycled material contributing to sustainable building goals, such as LEED.

All standard panel colours are ENERGY STAR® listed and can improve the energy efficiency of a building. “We knew we wanted to design with corrugated steel because it is a low-maintenance, cost-effective, lifetime material”, says Jonathan Davis. He adds, “it’s a perfect sustainable option, high quality product, with excellent design assistance.

Sustainability fuels Grow Community, the design teams goal was to insure that the project met or exceeded LEED goals. “Steel cladding is installed on my own home and I have always been impressed with both its longevity and its beauty,” adds Davis.

Grow Community appeals to individuals and families who want to enrich their lives with environmental responsibility, while reaping the benefits of a high-quality, healthy lifestyle. Residents of this community boast zero carbon footprints and use sustainable transport, water, food and materials on a daily basis.

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The impressive Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre is a LEED certified facility that serves as the home of Saskatoon Transit and the city’s first snow management location. The transit facility is 41,805m2 (450,000 sq. ft.) and has indoor storage for 224 buses. The snow management facility is situated on a 5.67 hectares (14 acre) concrete pad with the capacity to store up to 1,000,000m3 (35 million cubic feet) of snow.

“The City of Saskatoon wanted an innovative program on a site that they had attained,” said Gerry Garvin the Senior Contract Administrator in an interview with Steel Design magazine. “It is bounded on one side by the CN rail line and railyards, so it’s a fairly linear site and bus movement is paramount in moving […]


Nerves of Steel in Inuvik, NWT: Galvalume™ Steel and Light Steel Framing provide Flexibility, Durability and Design Freedom in the North

There are many reasons why using steel products are beneficial to architects and builders everywhere, but one of the most useful reasons for steel in everyday design is because of its ability to handle extreme weather. The far North has a harsh climate, this includes bone-chilling cold temperatures that are not uncommon in places like the Northwest Territories and the sun and wind are very hard on materials.

Steel has a lot of flexibility, which provides plenty of design freedom. It’s a robust material, light-weight, durable, attractive and maintenance free. Buildings in northern, remote locations are a particular challenge, therefore the use of durable, prefinished and corrosion resistant steel is important, which is why steel was the choice when it came time to […]


The Centre Sportif Marc-Simoneau is evocative of glaciers and ice

Pre-painted Z275 (G90) galvanized steel assists in ensuring perfect architectural integration. When the snow is piled up against its white, multi-faceted exterior, the Marc-Simoneau sports complex looks like an ice crystal, a chunk of glacier imbedded in the ground. The morphology of the main entrance results from an idea referring to the physical phenomena of glaciation and crystallization of water.

The volumetry of this complex suggests a jagged-shaped glacier, a fragmented snow block reflecting sunlight, a piece of frosted and translucent ice in the northern environment,” says Yan Laplante, associate architect with CCM2 Architects. The whole structure is extremely light, even considering the load consisting of the snow in winter, which is considerable in the […]


Steligence®: The Intelligent Construction Choice

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In the case study presented here, a mid-rise office building in the GTA area was virtually designed using steel component construction and contrasted against concrete construction. The functionality of the building did not change; identical use, occupants, size, geographic location were critical in ensuring a responsible comparison. Life Cycle Assessments of the design scenarios were […]


Steel plays a significant role in the Renewal and New Construction of Terrace Sportsplex and Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre

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