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Edmonton Arena - Rogers Place

The iconic new arena and home of the the Oilers in downtown Edmonton.

So here’s the challenge:
We need to provide layout to inform the installer where to locate a projecting bracket sitting on top of a sloping box beam. Once installed, a hole in this bracket needs to align with a hole in the back face of a vertical cladding rail.

Simple, except we need to provide marks on top of the box beam (which you can’t see from the ground) and provide an accuracy not related to where our laid out points are, but to the theoretical interface point in fresh air. Add to this that the building is not aligned North/South or East/West and is almost continually curving. So, the line of the face of the bracket (the angle of which varies for every single bracket and is not square to the box beam) has to align with the face of the cladding rail. The elevation of the hole has to meet the theoretical location of the hole in the cladding rail even though the box beam slopes...

And how do you get the information to locate this theoretical hole, it’s elevation, how far towards or away from the building it should be, how far it should be to the left or right on the building and how it should align to various parts of the structure in its vicinity? – all needed to make this work. The answer is from a 3D model. Due to the vast amount of tiny bits of information that were needed to be extracted from the model to make this plan all come together we had to do some tricky little maneuvers. By developing software code we were able to automate the extraction of much of the data thus enabling RTS to react quickly as information became available.

And then there’s the glazing... Curving at the head AND in plan, with differing types of brackets, with some parts propped while others are hung, this had its own challenges. – Oh! and of course, there are areas where considerable deflection is expected. So this means that the layout has to effectively be done “wrong” in such a way that once all of the load has been applied, the glazing and supporting structure will be “right”.

This project never had a dull moment, especially when fighting numerous other contractors all trying to access the same areas, but we think that the end result was well worth the effort.

For this Project, it is hard to portray the scale and complexity in Photographs alone - to really appreciate what a funky building this is, try a very short Video fly through, a presentation by the City of Edmonton uploaded to youtube by CTV News Edmonton. Alternatively you can search for "downtown arena fly through (city of edmonton)", on youtube which will take you to the same place.

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Edmonton Arena

Complex Cladding
Curved Glazing
3D Co-ordinate Extract
Edmonton

Block D

Edmonton Ice Tower

High Rise
Steel Stake Out
As-Builts

Block D

Remai Art Gallery

Structural Checks
Glazing Stake Out
Grid Transfer
Saskatoon

Seton Soffit

Seton Retail Soffit

3D Survey
3D Panel Modelling
Fabrication Schedules
Seton, Calgary

7th Ave Switch Heater

Switch Heater

3D Survey
3D Panel Modelling
Fabrication Schedules
Calgary

Talbot Gateway

Talbot Gateway

Structural Glazing
Curtain Walling
Site Set-out

Stratford City M6

Stratford M6

Brass Shingles
Picture Frame
Soffit
Secondary Steel

Stratford City M1

Stratford M1

Full Envelope Design
Curtain Wall
Bespoke Shuffle Glazing
Rainscreen Cladding.

Jaguar Land Rover Executive Office

JLR Office

Survey, Design, Set Out,
Procurement & Installation
Bespoke Rainscreen
Curtain Walling

Birmingham New Street Station Mock Up Pic

New St. Station

Birmingham
Design Development
3D Modelling
Innovative Thinking

Dormer Place

Dormer Place

Design and Installation
Bespoke Rainscreen
Pressed Metal
Curtain Walling

Kenrick Park, West Brom Pic

Kenrick Park

Survey & Analysis
Design & Fabrication Drawings
Trespa Rainscreen

Daventry Hospital Pic

Daventry Hospital

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Terracotta Rainscreen Cladding.

St Pancras Station

St Pancras

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Curtain Walling
Canopies

Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Highlevel Glazing

Anglia Polytechnic University Pic

APU

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Complex Cladding
Rainscreen Cladding

Leeds Central

Leeds Central

Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings
Terracotta Cladding
Aluminium Rainscreen

Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre

Bull Ring

Design & Fabrication Drawings
Internal & External Aluminium Cladding.

Young Vic Pic

Young Vic Theatre

Design & Fabrication Drawings
Perforated Alum Planks
Award Winning Building.

Keely Road Pic

Keely Road

Design & Fabrication Drawing
Rainscreen Cladding

Arts Centre Rainscreen Cladding

Arts Centre

Rainscreen Cladding
Design Drawings
Fabrication Drawings

Lothbury

Lothbury

Survey
Design
Curtain Walling

North Point

North Point

Survey
Design & Fabrication Drawings
Rainscreen Cladding

Hyde Park Flats Pic

Hyde Park Flats

Survey and Analysis
Setting Out
Curtain Walling

Harvist Estate Pic

Harvist Estate

Survey
Installation

Saab Showroom Cardiff

Saab Cardiff

Survey
Design
Supply
Install