Royal Alberta Museum Recognized for Design-Build and Concrete Excellence
Royal Alberta Museum opened its doors to visitors this month, but the building itself has been admired by the construction industry for months. DIALOG has recently been honoured to receive two awards in recognition of our collaborative design-build process and excellence in concrete design.
To bring the fast-tracked design-build project to life could not have been done without the close collaboration with Ledcor (builders), Lundholm Associates (museum planners) and our client, Alberta Infrastructure. It was clear from the start that everyone on the team was passionate about making a home for our province’s stories, and we often came back to our unified purpose while working through design and construction solutions together. The project boasted one of the most advanced uses of BIM ever realized in Canada. The shared model allowed for increased geometric complexity, observable clash detection, and 4-D construction scheduling. The design-build procurement method allowed for experienced and prequalified subcontractors to be engaged early in the design process.
Nominated by the ACI Alberta Chapter after receiving an award in the local chapter, we were thrilled to be recognized on ACI’s international stage. Concrete is an important material both structurally and architecturally in the Royal Alberta Museum, and we’re very proud to be recognized for the clever use of it throughout.
Concrete was selected for a majority of the structure due to its inherent acoustic rating, vibration and fire resistance, aesthetics, thermal mass, and durability. Cast-in-place concrete flat plate slabs were used for most of the structure to resist the exceptionally heavy loads imposed by displays and back-of-house artifacts. A spiral cast-in-place concrete stair located in the main entrance lobby acts as the focal point of the space and provides access to the second-level galleries. The museum showcases exposed concrete surfaces, including columns, slab surfaces, edges, and soffits. Basement foundation walls were constructed using shotcrete, reducing the need for formwork and thus cutting the time and crane dependency required to erect formwork.
Congratulations to the fellow recipients in both award programs. We’re pleased to be kept in such great company.
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