Banff Elementary School Phase 2

Banff, Alberta

Project Details

Structural Engineer of Record

Town of Banff

November 2016



Architectural | Buildings | Construction Management | Green Infrastructure | Public and Institutional | Southern Alberta | Structures | Sustainable Design | Timber

Project Description


The project involved construction of Phase 2 Banff Elementary Replacement School after ISL completed Phase 1 in 2016. The new 2-phase, 2-storey building with an aggregate of 3,542-m2 replacement school combined the use of structural steel, heavy timber and reinforced concrete to provide 600 students with a modern, energy efficient and environmentally responsible learning place.

The work was the second phase of a two-stage school replacement. Developed on an existing school site, both phases were required to be constructed while keeping the school and neighbouring area activities safe and inaccessible to the public.

The scope of work involved tie in of Phase 2 with Phase 1 building section, including mechanical, electrical and architectural systems; and demolition of the old school.

Speed of construction and durability of the elements of the construction environment were important. The use of off-site fabrication and minimizing site labour were important considerations.

ISL created a 3-dimensinal space truss with tension rods and queen posts at the truss intersections. Lateral loads were resisted by a combination of Glue-laminated Timber (GLT) panels, masonry walls and braced bays. The structure was exposed, leaving a wonderfully warm and aesthetic feel for the gym.