St. Albert, Alberta
This project is an addition to an existing seniors care facility and is comprised of assisted and independent living units. The addition is six storeys, 78,575 sq. ft. and houses 78 living units. The addition also includes an underground parkade. The building utilizes a cast in place concrete structure for the parkade with a load bearing steel stud system above grade for non-combustibility. The link connection from the addition to the existing facility straddles a Utility Right of Way that accommodates a major water main to the municipality. Special attention was paid during the link design to meet City of St. Albert requirements for "break away" construction should the City need to access the water main below the link for emergency repairs. Cautious care was taken during construction activities to ensure that the water main was not disturbed in any way. A challenge faced on site included the tight area and concern for the occupied building adjacent and connecting to the new structure. With careful planning and continuous communication, the comfort and safety of the residents and staff within the adjacent facility was maintained and the site was kept clear of clutter and obstructions.