Davidson Centre | Kincardine
In 2010 the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, Ontario was expanded to include a new gymnasium, running track and observation area for the existing ice rink. Brown & Company Engineering Ltd. was retained to provide structural design services for the approximate 1700m2 (18300ft2) addition. The design incorporated steel framed construction for the roof system, precast concrete elements for the second floor and reinforced masonry as the primary lateral load resisting component. Key design elements for the project included stringent architectural requirements, a running track cantilevered from exterior columns and evaluation of the existing structure for supporting additional loads. During construction it was discovered that some of the existing structure's column footings were founded on soil with insufficient capacity for supporting their original design loads. Additional foundation capacity was gained by adding torsional concrete elements to distribute load from the existing columns onto the adjacent footings of the existing frost walls which had underutilized geotechnical capacity.