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by Peter Kenter

The Art Gallery of Alberta has taken top honours in awards presented by the Metal Construction Association (MCA), which represents member companies in Canada and the U.S. The project received the association's 2010 President's Award for Overall Excellence.
Art Gallery of Alberta
Art Gallery of Alberta

The Art Gallery of Alberta has taken top honours in awards presented by the Metal Construction Association (MCA), which represents member companies in Canada and the U.S.

The project received the association's 2010 President's Award for Overall Excellence.

Award recipients were selected from 50 projects submitted by MCA members to Metal Architecture Magazine’s annual Design Awards Program.

This year, the Edmonton Art Gallery was the competition’s only Canadian entry.

“The MCA judging panel was impressed with the materials used for the curved linear design that changes throughout the day and cited this project as an exceptional example of excellent workmanship,” said MCA spokesperson Cathy Szmurlo.

"They noted that the building has a timeless appearance and extraordinary durability in the northern climate."

Designed by Randall Stout Architects Inc., the materials selected for the project, including its metal face, were designed to create a dramatic quality that allows the building to reflect the nature of its surroundings.

The gallery’s most striking feature, dubbed the borealis, is an apparently continuous ribbon of stainless steel that winds around and through the building.

Metal building components used in the project include: 60,000 square feet of zinc with a quartzite backing from Umicore Building Products; 50,400 square feet of coil-applied “bead blast” stainless steel from Contrarian Metal Resources; and 22,500 square feet of painted aluminum from Firestone Building Products. All three suppliers are MCA members.

A. Zahner Company designed, engineered and fabricated both the metal panels installed on the facades and the building’s curvilinear metal forms using its structural aluminum ZEPPS system.

Ledcor Construction Ltd. was the lead contractor on the project and Flynn Canada was the installation contractor. Empire Iron Works Ltd. of Edmonton provided steel detailing and fabrication services.

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