Steel for all seasons

VOLUME 53, ISSUE No. Two

Fall 2021

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The Impact and Durability of Steel in Passive Housing

Wrapped in black steel cladding, the Parkview House in Victoria, BC is visually striking. The home is a simple two-storey design with a typical peaked roof. Its simplicity makes it stand out. But under the steel, the Parkview House stands out for another reason—it is a passive house. Passive house is an international system for […]

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THE ALCHEMY OF WATER AND STEEL

The Growing Market of Insulated Metal Panels in Aquatic Centres

Beloeil, Quebec, southwest of Montreal, is tucked between Mont Saint-Hilaire and the Richelieu River and surrounded by agricultural fields. Beloeil’s new aquatics centre celebrates this unique setting through its architecture.  The centre was designed as “a translucent and luminous glass case set on a solid black base,” notes architectural firm Lemay. “Combining opacity and transparency, […]

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A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN

Modular Pods Create Modern Backyard Offices

A room of one’s own is necessary, Virginia Woolf tells us, for creativity and productivity. The thousands of people working from home over the last year and a half would surely agree.  But where to find such a space? For Trevor Gilbert of Modeco, the answer was his own backyard.  Modeco specializes in modular, prefabricated […]

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FORM + FUNCTION

Expanding the palette of coloured steel surfaces

THE RECENTLY COMPLETED STRUCTUBE HEAD OFFICE IN LAVAL, QC – THE LARGEST WAREHOUSE IN THE CITY. Picture a child with a red crayon. Ask them to draw a house, and you’ll likely see a rectangle topped with a triangle. This distinctive shape has come to symbolize home. When Structube was looking to construct a new […]

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A CLEAR SPAN FOR SUCCESS

KF Aerospace’s growth plans take off with steel support

THE NEW KF AEROSPACE MAINTENANCE HANGAR LOCATED AT JOHN C. MUNRO, HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. A Boeing 777 airplane is 74m long, 65m wide and 18.5m tall. If you want to park it in the garage, you’re going to need a big one. Such a garage—or hangar, more accurately—exists at the YHM Hamilton International Airport. Opened […]

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DELIVERING THE GOODS

Managing costs and efficiency by building for the environment you are in

“In Winnipeg it’s much easier for us to design buildings because we don’t have any seismic load. It’s only wind loads… The deck was used to support the weight of the roofing system and the snow during the winter” A new FedEx distribution facility in Manitoba can sort up to 30,000 packages an hour. And […]

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ACHIEVING NET ZERO ENERGY READY WITH STEEL

Weighing in on the benefits and performance of steel construction

Awareness is growing of sustainable building technologies and the need to reduce energy consumption. For architects, designers, engineers, contractors and developers, this increasing environmental consciousness translates to an openness to explore new construction techniques and evaluate how to minimize our long-term impact on the planet. ArcelorMittal Dofasco is contributing to this conversation with a Passive […]

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Home Steel Home

The benefits of steel for residential construction

Steel is the go-to material for industrial and commercial construction. But when it comes to residential projects, steel is underrepresented. Jay Lim, principal at 25:8 Architecture + Urban Design in Ottawa, is working to change that. “We have been huge proponents of steel for our cladding…on our residential projects,” he explains. “We have foundthat it […]

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A Sustainable Aesthetic

Custom cladding defines new building at McMaster University

McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario needed more space. More classrooms, more room for student services, more residence beds, more parking, even a spot for a daycare. So university officials decided to embark on a unique construction project that combined all of these functions in one structure. The result is the Peter George Centre for Living […]

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