Lewis Farms Fire Station: unique cladding wih high durability and aesthetics

Unique Ductal® cladding provides high durability and aesthetics for an  urban fire station frequently exposed to harsh climatic conditions

05.29.2017
 

The office building of the new Lewis Farms Fire Station in Edmonton, Canada is clad with a unique Ductal® panel solution, chosen for its high durability and superior resistance to extreme freeze-thaw conditions. 

Lewis Farm Fire Station Canada - Ductal® Rainscreen Cladding Solution - Aesthetics & Durable Panels

Edmonton is a large metropolitan city that is frequently exposed to harsh, freezing temperatures during the winter and hot temperatures during the summer. Almost all building façades in this area require high performance properties in order to meet the post disaster requirements of the Alberta Building Code.

Ductal's density and extremely low porosity properties attribute to the material's low permeability characteristics. Water molecules cannot penetrate its matrix, resulting in very high compressive strengths and a superior durable cladding solution that is able to resist impact better than most façade materials.

Located in an estate neighborhood, the project had an art component which allowed custom design of the facade's textured panels. (The Edmonton Arts Council conducted a "public art competition" in accordance with the City of Edmonton's policy, "Percent for Art”, which designates one percent of the budget "to provide and encourage art in public areas").

For the Lewis Farms Fire Station panels, local artist Victoria Wiercinski, has created a unique design called "Midnight Dispatch", inspired by the beautiful Northern Lights and Alberta's starry night skies. For more information on that inspiration project, click here.

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Lewis Farm Fire Station Canada - Ductal® Rainscreen Cladding Solution  - Aesthetics & Durable Panels
Stantec and Johnston Davidson Architecture + Planning Inc. Photography by Rick Brady Photography

 

 

Why Ductal®

The Ductal® cladding solution was chosen for its high durability and superior resistance to extreme freeze-thaw conditions. The structure was designed to meet the post disaster requirements of the Alberta Building Code. The Ductal® solution met these requirements and, because the material is highly moldable, the panels could be produced in an intricate, unique aesthetic/artistic design.

150 Ductal® panels were produced on the Envel automated casting line in South Bend, Indiana, USA. 

Know more on the Ductal® Rainscreen Cladding Panels characteristics for North America projects here.

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