CCC Bell Tower on the Daily Hive
We are very excited about the completion of the newest MEC store in Edmonton!
The MEC South Edmonton Common store received final occupancy on Thursday and it’s looking great.
Meanwhile, the store in the Brewery District (relocation of the downtown store),
is moving along quickly and is starting to really take shape.
It’s getting darker and darker earlier and earlier. That meant we didn’t have to be up too late on a school night for PAI to be on-site for the focusing and commissioning of the Christ Church Cathedral bell tower lighting. Silver linings.
Christ Church Cathedral – bell ringing test Monday August 22, 2016
We were delighted to read Lloyd Alter’s article on Proscenium’s use of old construction tech on the MEC Head Office.
Check it out here:
“Whats new is what’s old. Proscenium Architecture, working with engineers Fast + Epp, are using technology that much of west coast industrial and commercial buildings were built with for 150 years.
Mill decking, now known as Nail Laminated Timber (NLT), is not nearly as sexy as CLT; it’s basically just banging lumber together, but it is well known to engineers and building inspectors, can be done by anyone, and not limited to the one or two suppliers of CLT.
The MEC building is the biggest example of a new wave of old tech that we will be seeing a lot more of.”
A crowning feature of the current project is the addition of the highly anticipated bell-spire at the north-east corner of the Cathedral, set atop the existing elevator core. This open glass and steel structure housing four electronically controlled and custom cast bronze bells will be one of the last Architectural additions to this project.
This weekend was an exciting milestone, as the bells were lifted into place – followed by the installation of the cross. The cross is designed to compliment the stained glass and steel bell tower, and is composed of laminated sandwiches of blackened stainless steel and stained glass.
On Friday July 8th, 2016, crews lifted into place the two halves of the new Christ Church Cathedral Bell Tower.
The tower was constructed and painted offsite to take advantage of the precision assembly and coating possible in a controlled shop environment. It was constructed in two halves because the transmission of gravity loads generated by lifting the entire tower would have blown in the walls of adjacent underground parking structures.
Look forward to the arrival of the bells and cross in two weeks!
Where were you born?
Inglewood, Southern California
How did you get into design?
I was drawn to the energy that working in an artistic environment brings.
What class in school has proven to be the least useful?
I was fortunate to attend San Francisco State University which had crazy-interesting courses and fantastic teachers. No regrets.
What is the best building of all time?
Wayfarer’s Chapel (aka “the glass church”) on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is built amongst redwoods, overlooks the Pacific and is the most peaceful place I’ve been.
Best brunch spot in Vancouver is…
You never leave home without…
…telling my boys I love them.
Your Great Escape would be to…
…a rented country house in the South of France
What single piece of technology makes your life easier?
What is your spirit animal?
What word do you have trouble saying?
What gets better with age?
It is with great pride, honour and excitement that Proscenium announces that, effective immediately,
Sarah Piccinato has been made an Associate with the firm.
In addition to her broad range of design skills displayed over her tenure here at Proscenium, Sarah brings extensive management experience and has already stepped into the day to day running of various aspects of this office. We are delighted to have her as a part of the management team and can’t wait to see how she whips us all into shape!
In addition to Sarah’s new position and contribution we are also very pleased to announce that Sarah has completed the interior design registration process and now can add the letters R.I.D. after her name. Congratulations Sarah on this milestone!
On all of our behalf, congratulations Sarah and we look forward to many more years of watching your achievements.
The good folk here at Proscenium.