Public Spaces

Vol. 55, Issue 1 • Public Spaces

Great Big See

Gaelic museum provides portal to the past

At the turn of the 19th century, Donald 'Og' MacNeil and three other family members left their homes on the Isle of Barra and crossed the ocean on a voyage of discovery. Settling in Cape Breton, they ...

Vol. 55, Issue 1 • Public Spaces

Go Figure

How two ice rinks became community hubs

For cities and communities across the globe, the centre of public life isn’t their government halls or schools. No, it’s their recreation centres, their sports arenas. Places where people come tog...

Vol. 54, Issue 2 • Public Spaces

Building peak performance

Canada Summer Games Sports Centre creates a legacy for Niagara Region

In August, 5,000 athletes, coaches and support staff journeyed to Niagara for the Canada Summer Games. For the young athletes, it was the opportunity they had been working towards for much of their li...

Vol. 54, Issue 1 • Public Spaces

Thinking outside the box

Steel cladding adds energy to Churchill Meadows Community Centre

“It’s just a box,” says architect Tyler Walker. However, Walker’s description is intentionally coy. The new Churchill Meadows Community Centre in Mississauga is much more than “just” a ...

Vol. 54, Issue 1 • Public Spaces

Celebrating culture spirit and community with steel

A spectrum of possibility with steel in education

For people of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, a new junior-senior high school is about more than education. It is also a centre for the community, which is approximately 90km northwest of Edmonton. Ch...

Vol. 53, Issue 2 • Indaten®, Public Spaces

Weathering reflections of future past

Honouring past and present with weathering steel in Sudbury

Go for a walk around Sudbury, and you’ll find traces of both the region's history and industries. Black leathered rocks, etched from mining. Red-orange ore seeping through the weathered ground.  ...

Vol. 53, Issue 2 • Public Spaces

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 setti...

Vol. 52, Issue 1 • Commercial, Public Spaces

Airport upgrade celebrates the prairie landscape

Steel blends old and new structures, while providing speed and cost-sa

The Brandon Municipal Airport needed a major upgrade. First constructed in the 1970s, the building was out-of-date and small. But Prairie Architects, Inc., the firm that was contracted for the project...

Vol. 51, Issue 2 • Public Spaces

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

Pre-painted Z275 (G90) galvanized steel assists in ensuring perfect ar

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, a...

Vol. 51, Issue 2 • Public Spaces

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

Steel design has played a vital role in structures intended to revital

Through careful budget planning, interior improvements were made to the existing arena and Sportsplex. These improvements focused on improving spatial flow, both in the first and second floor entrance...