Thermal Systems

Combined Office/Control Tower, Edmonton International Airport

  • This unique and stunning design features a fluctuating Rheinzink Shingle Ribbon building envelope that wraps the building at each floor. At the 4th floor the ribbon terminates into the glazing, but continues into the interior space.
  • The complete ribbon assembly was designed and engineered by Thermal Systems.
  • A full-scale construction trial was completed as an integral part of the design process.
  • 3D modeling technology was utilized in design, clash detection, fabrication and assembly.
  • High definition laser scanning was leveraged to validate as-built conditions of interfacing elements prior to fabrication.
  • A full scale in-situ mock-up was completed to establish a benchmark of quality.
  • This challenging airside project is being accessed using elevated platforms strategically positioned to maximize efficiency.
  • 50,000 square feet of Rheinzink Zinc Wall Panels.
  • 200,000 square feet of Metal Decking.
  • 900 individual support trusses.
  • 5,000 square feet of Alucobond (Aluminum Composite Panels)
  • 700 square feet of Architectural Louvers
  • Featured on Global News

Project Owner:
Edmonton Regional Airports Authority
Prime Contractor:
EllisDon Construction Services Inc.
Building Envelope Consultant:
Building Science Engineering Ltd.
• Fluctuating Rheinzink Shingle Ribbon Assembly
• Air/vapour barrier membrane
• Mineral Fibre Insulation
• Complex Steel Truss Assembly
• Steel decking
• Rheinzink Shingles
• Alucobond (Aluminum Composite Panels)
• Architectural Louvers
• Steel Floor and Roof Decking

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