The Edmonton Police Northwest Campus is a 180,000 square foot facility built at the north-west gateway to the city and came in at 1,200 tones of steel. It is a combination of five different facilities: the Northwest Division station, recruit training, employee development, force information management, and detainee management.
Some of the unique steel features of the facility include:
- A dynamically-designed roof. Each assembly is a unique piece with its own geometry. This presented a challenge at the modeling, connecting, and detailing stages due to all the curves, slopes, and flowing lines of the building envelope.
- The secondary steel supporting glazing at the north, east, and south walls curved in two different planes and required some reinvented build-up profiles to suite the glazing needs. A higher level of precision and closer coordination with the other trades was required to accomplish this.
- A 18.5 tone "toblerone"-shaped truss had to be thoughtfully connected, detailed, and shipped due to its geometry and weight.
Due to the complex and unique architecture, the project required a significantly increased level of communication between the detailers, fabricator, erector, and suppliers.