Almost ten years ago, Lac Ste. Anne County identified a need for new administration space; after years of deliberation and planning, work was approved by county residents. Prior to construction, Lac Ste. Anne County staff members were spread across three aging buildings with cramped internal infrastructure. Arrow acted as Structural, Mechanical and Civil consultants, collaborating with A&E Architecture. At an impressive 24,000 SF spread across a single floor, the new Lac Ste. Anne Country Admin building contains council chambers for the Lac Ste. Anne County Council complete with 20 foot ceilings, as well as administrative offices for various Lac Ste. Anne County staff. As storage space was a significant issue in the existing space, with records being stored in unheated storage containers, the new design ensured that there was ample storage for records.
Arrow’s Structural team designed the timber frame structure of the county building, chosen due to its economical nature and the ease with which this could be delivered by the local contractor team.
Additionally, the design of foundations, elevate floors, the walls and the steep roof structure fell to Arrow’s Structural group. Because of the wood frame structure, interior walls were required to be load-bearing, requiring significant coordination between Structural team members and the Architectural team. Mechanical design required efficient HVAC systems throughout the building, designing with occupant comfort at front of mind. Utilizing very rough topographical information, Arrow’s Civil team worked create optimal drainage and aesthetics. Preparation of drawings for earthwork rough grading and servicing were prepared separate from the General Contractors finished grades, subsequently providing the ability to tender scopes separately, resulting in scheduling advantages. Given the extremely tight budget on this project, our team was required to assist the county and architect with optimization options, in the pursuit of alleviated budgetary stress.