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University of Saskatchewan Heating Plant Expansion

This 2011 expansion to the University of Saskatchewan’s heating plant houses the boiler feedwater treatment system replacement.  The exterior envelope wraps an interior which contains much of the centralized heating system for the University.

Seeking a cladding material that blended long life with an aesthetic that would be sympathetic to the original building, a yellow brick in a colour, texture and size reminiscent of the original was chosen.  

Although not an exact match to the other bricks used in the past, the new brick is sympathetic to the existing architectural style of the existing building.  Cantilevered brick pilasters between upper level louvers, similar to those used on the original building serve to introduce shadow lines and interest to the parapet crowning the high wall.  Large expanses of glazing not only introduce light to the interior, and offer glimpses of the equipment from the outside, but also enable large pieces of equipment to be replaced by removing the frame. Utilizing limestone caps for parapets, for a belt course over the louvers, and for louver/window sills also helped to blend the detailing of the addition into the architectural style of the existing building.

University of Saskatchewan Heating Plant Expansion
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Client: University of Saskatchewan

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