*Project led by Brock Schroeder and Blaine Jansen while employed at a previous firm.
Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning
26,942 m2 (290,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
2009 – Engineering Award, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Alberta
In 2007, construction was completed on the Calgary Courts Centre, the tallest courthouse in Canada. The Alberta Infrastructure design-build project in downtown Calgary contains 73 court facilities, the largest number of courtrooms within one complex in North America.
The development consists of a 24-storey north tower and a 20-storey south tower. The two towers and 700 stalls of underground parking are supported on a 2.4-m thick raft slab that extends across the entire site.
The two towers are also linked by a 27-storey glazed atrium. The atrium contains public elevators that interconnect with a series of bridges that span between the two buildings through the atrium space.
Challenge: Connecting two towers with a glass atrium.
Solution: The bridges and perimeter glazing support trusses were designed to facilitate differential movement between the two towers while maintaining required tolerances for the glazing provider and elevator supplier. The Calgary Courts Centre was one of the first buildings in Canada designed to address GSA progressive collapse design guidelines. Special considerations were made to allow sufficient structural redundancy in the event of an explosive blast and the resulting damage that could occur to one or more of the tower’s structural elements.