Zeidler Partnership Architects

Zeidler Partnership Architects

March 25, 2011 14:23 ET

Zeidler Partnership Architects: The Bow Tower Honoured at 2011 Alberta Steel Design Awards Competition

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - On Thursday, March 24, The Bow Tower was honoured at the 2011 Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence, a competition created to recognize innovation in steel design in Alberta. Owned by HR Real Estate Investment Trust/Matthews Southwest, designed by Foster + Partners and executed by Zeidler Partnership Architects with steel from Supreme/Walters and structural engineering services from Halcrow Yolles, The Bow exemplifies a truly modern and sustainable high-rise tower for Calgary. At the competition, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Steel Constructors, The Bow was one of three finalists in the categories of Architecture and Engineering, and won the award in the Engineering category.

"There are talented teams of people making great strides with the use of steel in construction throughout Alberta. The Bow's recognition in these categories is a great achievement for the large and diverse team that has come together to bring this unique project to life for EnCana/Cenovus," says Stephen Carruthers, Partner at Zeidler Partnership Architects. "The external structural system of The Bow frees up significantly more floor space than a traditional building would allow. The result is that many of the building's users will be provided with an external office and everyone working in The Bow will have access to natural light."

The Bow is the first building in North America to apply a triangular diagrid system to a curved building. The unique steel system employed in its design plays a significant role in the building's aesthetics, sustainable capabilities and iconic stature on the Calgary skyline.

"Most of the architectural and engineering challenges that had to be overcome were directly related to the forward-thinking nature of the project," says Katherine Robinson, Principal at Zeidler and Project Manager for The Bow. "The building is known for its unique form and appearance, but it's the highly complex structural steel frame that provides the backbone for this magnificent building."

As well as being Executive Architect for The Bow, Zeidler's Calgary office is Prime Consultant for the Camrose Performing Arts Centre for the University of Alberta and is working on several projects with the Holmes Group. Nationally, the firm's projects include design of the Trump Tower and ongoing work at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, design of Vancouver's iconic Canada Place and Compliance Architect for the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.

For more information about the firm, please visit www.zeidlerpartnership.com.

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