National Arts Centre receives 2019 award from the NCSEA
August 27, 2019
Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Architectural Rejuvenation project has just been selected as one of the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA).
The National Arts Centre was rejuvenated in the lead up to the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, with the goal of creating a public building that was accessible and inviting.
The scope for the project included three new connected wings, two new floors of lobby, cultural programming enclosed by a custom glass curtain wall, a grand staircase, and a hexagonal tower overlooking the Rideau Canal.
A key feature in the project is a striking coffered ceiling covering a 60,000 ft2 glass-clad extension, a unique piece of structural artistry visible from the street. The roof was formed of 28 hybrid wood-steel panels pre-fabricated off-site, with electrical, mechanical and acoustic integration. The ceiling promotes engineered wood products fabricated in Canada and the ability to span large spaces using a hybrid system with each material is used according to its strengths. The rejuvenated Centre has become a new beacon for arts and culture in Canada’s capital.
The NCSEA Awards ceremony will be on November 14th, 2019 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.