|CLIENT:||CITY OF CALGARY|
|CONSULTANT:||MANASC ISAAC ARCHITECTS LTD.|
|CONTRACT TYPE:||CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT|
|Project SIZE:||53,000 SQ. FT.|
|LEED CERTIFICATION LEVEL:||GOLD|
|AWARDS:||Alberta Construction Magazine 2012 Top Project Awards for Top Institutional Project, under $50 Million & Top Sustainability Project, Alberta Chapter American Concrete Institute Award of Excellence in Concrete Buildings Category|
The new emergency operations centre houses the City of Calgary’s disaster services unit and a state-of-the-art operations room. The facility is self-sustaining for up to 72 hours by providing 'off-grid' power and water, food storage and cleansing areas for those managing municipal operations during an emergency.
Prior to construction, the team demolished a clubhouse, garage and community building before performing the shoring and excavation to place most of the two-storey facility 35 feet below ground. Bird used an economical earth retention system in difficult soil conditions, which consisted primarily of clay, underlain by wet silts and flowing sands. Bird utilized shotcrete as the earth retention system, which allowed for zero ground loss and minimal water infiltration around the site.