Art Gallery of Ontario
This 180-meter long, 14-meter high glass and glulam façade wall is the main feature in Architect Frank Gehry’s rejuvenation of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Equilibrium Consulting a Katerra Company was retained by Structurlam Products, the glulam supplier, to develop concepts and carry out the detailed design and engineering for the thousands of complex and geometrically different connections. The contract required that all connections be essentially concealed from view.
In addition to the considerable challenges in geometry, many connections were also required to carry large axial and bending forces along multiple axes in combination, while accommodating stringent construction tolerances and aesthetic requirements. Over 5,500 engineering hours were required to complete this work.