St. Albert, Alberta
This project was an addition to an existing seniors care facility consisting of assisted and independent living units. The addition was of six storeys, 78,575 sq. ft. and 78 living units. The addition also included an underground parkade. The building used 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. Extreme care was taken during construction 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 to and connecting to the new structure. Careful planning and continuous communication ensured the comfort and safety of the residents and staff in the adjacent facility and the site was kept clear of clutter and obstructions.