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b711
14-02-2009, 09:05 PM
question.
Is the Shaw Conference Centre supposed to resemble a water-fall flowing into the river?

Medwards
14-02-2009, 10:05 PM
I'm not too sure, but heres some interesting history of the building and the coal mine before it http://www.shawconferencecentre.com/page.asp?page=425

DebraW
14-02-2009, 10:09 PM
What feature are you referring to?

The Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) is 10 stories high and tied back with massive girders to keep it (and the hill) from sliding which gives it the look of being part of the riverbank. This area of the river valley was coal mines.

Check out this link to the SCC's website for history of the building.
http://www.shawconferencecentre.com/page.asp?page=425

b711
14-02-2009, 10:35 PM
What feature are you referring to?

The Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) is 10 stories high and tied back with massive girders to keep it (and the hill) from sliding which gives it the look of being part of the riverbank. This area of the river valley was coal mines.

Check out this link to the SCC's website for history of the building.
http://www.shawconferencecentre.com/page.asp?page=425

i'm referring to the design of the building, i guess.

DebraW
14-02-2009, 10:45 PM
The design of the SCC was to take advantage of its location (looking as if it belonged), take advantage of the views as much as possible while being cognizant of the limitations that the location also imposed (slippage).

The final cost of the initial construction of the SCC was reflected in these conflicting desires versus realities nonetheless I think the original building does a stellar job of achieving it.

Esoko
15-02-2009, 06:19 AM
Yes.

mi6_
16-02-2009, 07:29 PM
I'm not too sure, but heres some interesting history of the building and the coal mine before it http://www.shawconferencecentre.com/page.asp?page=425

Nice find! Been in there several times, but never realized the scale of that project. Guess I'm too young being born in '83 to be aware of the scope of that project!

davidnorwoodink
17-02-2009, 11:41 AM
To answer B711's original question, the Centre was designed to project a cascading effect down the side of the bank, so yes, in a way, that centre portion does resemble a waterfall. I have no doubt it was intended that way.

DebraW
17-02-2009, 12:16 PM
David is correct.

There is a 100 page or so document on the history of the Shaw Conference Centre (SCC) that was done by the then Economic Development Edmonton (EDE) in about 1999-2001. I likely have a copy somewhere in my personal reference library (I am a packrat who never throws anything out!). Next time I am looking for something in there I will see if I can find it.

MylesC
17-02-2009, 01:45 PM
Thanks, David, for taking the time to address the actual question that was put forward in the thread as opposed to random factoids about the building (most of which can be found at the link provided by Medwards) :)

Spill
10-09-2017, 11:54 PM
Nestled so cozily - from 2017.09.10.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4427/36987900892_cd84867d8d_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/YmuEib)