RAINO - 385 St. Mary Ave. – Reflecting on the comprehensive renovation of a mid-century modernist gem and AGM

  • December 04, 2018
  • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Red River College, 160 Princess St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1K9 Room P107
  • 42

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Topic Overview

Beginning in the summer of 2016, Republic Architecture Inc. took on the design of their New Office (RAINO). Their new home, located at 385 St. Mary Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was originally built in 1958 for the New York Life Insurance Company. Ten months after occupancy, members of the team reflect on the opportunities and challenges inherent to the renovation of a mid-century modern building to current standards of design and performance. As more of Canada’s impressive stock of mid-century modern buildings come to the end of their serviceable lives, the opportunities for re-imagining these structures with an eye on sustainability is immense. As a case study, this talk will examine the intersection of a diverse range of subjects, including historic preservation, building design, energy performance, and building envelope. With input from client representatives, as well as project design and sustainability team members, discussion topics will include:

•              Building Character Defining Elements

•              Design Concept

•              Thermal Effectiveness of the Envelope

•              Curtain Wall Upgrades

•              Building Energy Analysis

•              Air Tightness

•              Actual Energy Cost – Before and After

    Speaker Biographies

    Shane Solomon

    Shane Solomon is the founder and Principal Architect of Republic Architecture Inc.  Shane has developed his expertise by leading a variety of new-build, renovation, and rehabilitation projects throughout Canada. With many years of experience in planning and implementation, his specialty is guiding integrated, multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of successful projects. Shane was part of the client group for the RAINO project.

    Rachael Alpern

    Rachael Alpern is a sustainable design specialist at Republic Architecture Inc., with a focus on heritage restoration. She has expertise in passive ventilation and building envelope rehabilitation. Her approach to projects weave together an appreciation for vernacular design, materiality, building science, and art.  By studying this integration of science and art, she seeks to create architecture that is beautiful, healthy, and long-lasting. Rachael was an environmental consultant on the RAINO project. 

    Brock Klassen

    Brock Klassen is a project design lead with Republic Architecture Inc. His work is focused on projects that involve pushing boundaries, innovation, and research. He is interested in solutions that blend a sense of playfulness and delight with sustainable and technically sound detailing. He believes there are strong economical, environmental, and cultural benefits that support reusing, adapting, and repurposing existing buildings as opposed to building new. Brock was the project manager for the RAINO project.

    Tuesday Tuesday December 4th, 2018

    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (registration starts 2:15)

    Members $0 / Future Members $20

    Event Location: Red River College, 160 Princess St 

    Room P107

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