Project Specs
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re-cladding retrofit


$3.3 million


Prairie Design Award of Merit in 2010 and Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award in 2008

University of Manitoba J.A. Russell Building

Named after Modernist, John A. Russell, dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in the 1940’s, the John A. Russell building was the first curtain wall building in western Canada when it was built in 1959. For this envelope renewal, the exterior precast concrete panels, curtain wall, parapets, foundation wall and weeping tiles were completely removed and replaced with a high efficiency pressure equalized rain screen wall system. The intent was to respect the spirit of the original design and proportions while improving thermal performance.