Canam-Buildings Laureate at the Steel Design Awards


A Canam-Buildings’ project is one of the six winners at the 2015 Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence that were announced in April at the gala event held in Edmonton, Alberta, celebrating 10 years of excellence in steel design.


Recipient of the Sustainable Award, the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Center, a world-class facility, was built through a partnership between the City of Camrose, County of Camrose, Province of Alberta, and University of Alberta. This Center was designed with a focus on sustainability, collaboration between all stakeholders, and community development.

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Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Center


Partnership for a sustainable design-build project

Clark Builders, in collaboration with BR2 Architecture, Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers, and Smith + Andersen, was awarded this design-build project. Sustainability was a cornerstone design feature and Canam-Buildings was a key supplier for joist and deck products.


“Structural steel was the clear choice of material for the majority of the building, especially the 70’ high fly system tower. For much of the building, steel was the only viable option and the only way the project could be completed within budget. Critically, structural steel provided the framework on which much of the overall success of the project rested. The structural steel fabricators for the project, Whitemud Ironworks and Canam-Buildings, were a big asset to the project, their knowledge of steel and steel construction were an integral part of the success of the design-build”, explained Frank Prosperi-Porta of Reed Jones Christoffersen, the structural engineer for the project.


This structure covers over 44,000 ft.2 (4,087 m2) on two levels. Efficient and sustainable aspects of the building included 488 modules of photovoltaic cells, generating an estimated 122kW of power, and supported by the structural steel fly tower, low maintenance polished floors, upgraded insulation and building envelope, and underfloor HVAC circulation.

A 572 seat “Cargill Theatre” was specifically designed to facilitate a variety of performances.

The entire development team evolved the design to not only address and respect the University’s quadrangle but also offer a public facade. An outdoor podium/stage brings performance outdoors, draws students into the facility for learning and doubles as outdoor seating/social space for the University. The Center’s generous lobby/foyer is the catalyst that connects the University with the community.