Residential Case Studies

Custom-designed “Forever Home” Showcases Contemporary & Functional Material Choices

PROJECT Custom Home
LOCATION Parkhill, Calgary, Alberta
QUICKPANEL SPECIFICATION 1,040 sq.ft. Silver Metallic with ColorMatch® trims

In a market like Calgary, where custom homes are frequently designed with resale value top-of-mind, an architect can apply the principle of long-term value in material selection for clients looking instead for their “Forever Home.”

Calgary-based architecture firm Inertia Corporation was awarded the opportunity to apply this principle in 2017 with the design of their client’s custom home in Calgary’s sophisticated SW neighbourhood of Parkhill.  Armed with lifestyle specifications outlined by the future homeowners, a challenging site grade, a general focus on sustainability for the project, and a shared vision for contemporary design, partners Trent Letwiniuk and Stephen Barnecut embarked on the assignment.

As part of the home’s development they incorporated innovative solutions for the site conditions that included a sunken main entry and garage concept, a horizontal length of windows to horizontally extend the impression of the front elevation, and QuickPanel 4mm Pressure-Equalized Rainscreen for both a modern appeal and a functional cladding material choice.

In consideration of the material selections for the exterior of the custom home, Letwiniuk outlines that they specifically sought a panel solution that was lightweight, displayed a clean face (without face fasteners), and offered a long-term appeal with little to no-maintenance to align with their client’s active lifestyle.

Aluminum panel is lightweight with a density that is only one-third that of steel. Lightweight building materials allow for many benefits from design flexibility, reduced transportation costs, temperature adaptability, and lower overall life cycle energy use. These qualities were the right fit for this new home project that focused on overall sustainability as part of its design objectives.

Furthermore, QuickPanel appealed to the architectural duo as the recommended panel product to achieve their desired color tone in a soft but modern “Silver Metallic,” clean reveal/trim lines, and the desired “start-and-stop” points for the façade’s aesthetic. They specified that QuickPanel trim pieces were to be painted using the patented ColorMatch® technology to the same soft “Silver Metallic” to complete the look.

Although Inertia Corporation was not the decision maker in the general contractor’s budgeting process for this project, QuickPanel easily matched both the design and budgetary considerations and the clients were pleased to proceed with the QuickPanel recommendation.

Over 1,000 sq.ft. of QuickPanel 4mm Pressure-Equalized Rainscreen is used on the feature massing of the home’s front elevation, which was completed in the summer of 2018. Installation of the innovative panel system was completed on-time and on-budget without scheduling or completion delays for the site construction crews.

The homeowners are thrilled with the design and material selections and especially happy to be living in their new “Forever Home.” The community of Parkhill continues to be revitalized through custom and infill design that is sure to match the contemporary sophistication of Inertia Corporation’s architectural success with their client’s new home.

To learn more about how QuickPanel can add clean, modern lines, and long-term value to your next custom or infill residential project – please contact your local QuickPanel 4mm Pressure-Equalized Rainscreen area sales representative for more information.

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PROJECT École Beausoleil
LOCATION 70 Ranch Road, Okotoks, Alberta
QUICKPANEL SPECIFICATION 5,400 sq.ft. Silver Metallic, JLR Red, RTB Blue, and Aluminum Grey, with a combination of Charcoal and (custom) trims

Strict technical requirements, a lacklustre winter climate for six+ months of the year, and a long-term performance considerations are no test for QuickPanel’s 4mm Pressure-Equalized Rainscreen System at the new Ecole Beausoleil in Okotoks, Alberta.

Design of the 33,000 square foot francophone school, with capacity for 225 students, was headed by BR2 Architecture, a leading Alberta-based firm recognized for providing qualitative architectural services for a wide variety of project types and sizes across the western Canadian provinces and territories.

Shaun Visser, the lead architect who carried out much of the detailed design for the project, shares that with any capital project, multiple stakeholders are involved from start to finish. His firm’s involvement with the school’s development was very hands-on throughout; however, it was important to respect the challenges and motivations of each participating stakeholder – whether those are budget, time, or otherwise.

Technical requirements outlined by the Province of Alberta1 dictate that sustainable design is top-of-mind for school and infrastructure projects, specifically the “…efficient use and choice of resources and materials in such a way as to be economical…” Furthermore, “the building envelope assemblies separate spaces requiring differing environmental conditions by controlling the flow of air, water and energy.”

BR2 uses a metric to evaluate building material selection to fit these strict technical considerations; this metric includes variables for performance, durability, installation, and cost. QuickPanel fulfils each of the multiple prerequisites, as defined by all the project stakeholders in this case.

From an on-site perspective, Visser summarizes that “we often face problems on site that impact the aesthetic and architecture, it was so very efficient that [QuickPanel] is measured up and cut on site so we could efficiently make the necessary changes, without all the typical material waste.”

The front exterior façade of the building was animated and provided visual interest with bright blue and red QuickPanels, in combination with a sophisticated application of Silver Metallic and Aluminum Gray. Both Charcoal-painted trims and ColorMatch® trims complete the installation.

QuickPanel’s patented EZ.Slope® technology and UV protection paints minimize staining, fading, and provide revolutionary water management keep the bright QuickPanel colors looking their best year-round, and for many years to come.  Ecole Beausoleil is a building that stands out and conveys a playful aesthetic for the students and community during the long, bland winter months in the classrooms on the prairies.

Long-term performance and contemplation of future maintenance costs for infrastructure projects is a factor that Visser is most pleased with in the selection of QuickPanel aluminum trim system. “Although unlikely, if there is damage to a panel or a color change is desired, it is so easy to remove and replace a single panel even years down the road.”

The new Ecole Beausoleil welcomes students in the Fall of 2019.

To learn more about how QuickPanel provides a modern design, plus efficient material solutions for major institutional and capital projects – please contact your local QuickPanel 4mm Pressure-Equalized Rainscreen area sales representative for more information.

  1. Alberta Infrastructure – Technical Services Branch. Technical Design Requirements for Alberta Infrastructure Facilities. February 2018 Fourth Edition. Retrieved online July 31, 2019: TechDesignRequirements.pdf