Engineered Air, one of the largest HVAC equipment manufacturers in North America, retained NORR to design and oversee the construction of its new four-story head office in Calgary, AB. Formerly operating out of an aging facility on a site adjacent to the new office development, the vision was to design a state-of-the-art building that would articulate the nature of its business, the latest trends in design and application of technology. The purpose-built office needed to create a workplace to accommodate Engineered Air’s office employees, as well as the employees of its property management arm.
NORR’s strategy considered functionality and performance of workspaces and systems, designed for flexibility and performance that would realize the changing demands of the workforce and services into the future. NORR embraced a holistic approach to technical solutions including specific program elements featuring a half-court gymnasium, fitness area, staff lounge and kitchen, parkade, and a configuration of HVAC distribution to act as a showroom and communicate the core business offerings. The modern design incorporates a seamless articulation with an existing client-occupied building that forms one integrated structure. An open atrium was born naturally at the intersection between the new and existing building. The feature glass encloses a floating staircase that is visible to pedestrians from the street. Throughout the building, energy-saving features, such as custom NORR lighting design, complement the various architectural elements.
The successful results were achieved through the collaboration and commitment of excellence between Engineered Air, NORR’s integrated design team and Construction Management firm, CANA Constructors. The team delivered an efficient building design with a low cost of operation and effective life cycle performance. The final design embodied quality materials and detailing for precise execution. Installation was observed during construction to ensure that the final product was a true reflection of the design intent and that design quality and character were preserved.
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