The St. Teresa Place Continuing Care facility in Calgary, Alberta is a total precast supportive living building and a successful collaboration between Armtec Precast, Covenant Care, FWBA Architects, MPE Engineering Ltd. and Manshield Construction. Located in Northeastern Calgary, this supportive living complex is 4-storeys in height, contains 250 units and has a gross building area of 205,000 square feet. The building was completed on a condensed installation schedule, without compromising the architectural design.
In 2013, Covenant Care‘s Director of Capital Innovation and Development Projects, Peter O’Brien, toured the Armtec Calgary 50th plant and attended a total precast presentation by our sales team. Since then, the project has been a rewarding journey of integrated design, collaboration, value engineering and cross-functional brainstorming meetings.
Armtec proposed to replace the traditional building method of this care facility with an innovative total precast concrete building solution. The structure supplied by Armtec is comprised of architectural insulated wall panels, solid interior wall panels, precast columns, stair stringers, steel Deltabeams® and hollowcore floor and roof slabs.
This building method facilitated a fabrication and installation schedule of mere months – starting with precast production in June, precast installation starting in August and completion by the end of November. This aggressive schedule is very much in line with the province of Alberta’s commitment to building an inventory of 2,000 continuing care beds as soon as possible. Building these facilities with traditional construction materials would not be possible under these accelerated schedules.
Beyond the tight timeline and building aesthetics, other key advantages to using precast on this project were:
• high level of quality assurance
• a controlled production environment
• operational & energy efficiency
• reduced on-site labour
• enhanced project safety
• minimized need for winter “heating & hoarding”
• use of local labour & materials
• multi-hazard protection
• schedule savings
• durability & low maintenance
Check out our video on this project https://youtu.be/Eb3JzqrMNKw