Beairsto & Associates Engineering Ltd. (BASE) was consulted to provide the design, engineering and construction drawings for a new 24-suite apartment for Dr. Maxwell. The building is located on 100th Avenue in Grande Prairie’s downtown core, and is the first new multi-unit residential development designed to meet the new Land Use Bylaw standards for the Central Commercial Zone, and the aesthetic requirements of the Downtown Enhancement Program. BASE teamed up with Heather L. Johnston of PLACE Architect for the architectural support on this project.
The 3-storey wood frame structure has a mix of spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments. There was a strong focus on economical design and construction, and the project was completed with a cost variance of less than 2% and only a few weeks over the scheduled completion date. The building was granted occupancy in January 2017.
Some of the project highlights include:
• Exterior HardiePlank and HardieShingle siding, functional attic louvers, and manufactured stone veneer finishes to meet the aesthetic demands of the Development Authority and City of Grande Prairie Downtown Enhancement Program
• Spacious suites with 9′-0″ ceilings and in-suite laundry and storage
• Radon mitigation system under slab
• Wood frame construction with lateral stability provided by wood frame shearwalls and diaphragms
• Slab on grade construction with below grade mechanical room
• LED lighting to achieve energy efficiency