Historic Bank Gets Fit Fitness Facility by Square Feet Design Group Inc

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Historic Bank Gets Fit

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Fitness Facility

INSPIRATION:
From the first site visit to the finished product this space was both challenging and exciting. The chance to restore this historic building to its classic architectural heritage was the inspiration for the success of this project.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Originally built in 1931, this landmark was one of the first bank offices in Canada. Its Neoclassical style boasts inlaid marble floors and walls, ornate brass handrails and doors, lavish gilded plasterwork and ornate brass and stained glass chandeliers.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The design and construction team were tasked with having to strengthen and expand the infrastructure of the building for a fitness club, all while adhering to the strict heritage requirements.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
In downtown Calgary, Alberta Canada, the former Bank of Montreal building has been given a new life as a fitness center.The project was a pipe dream on the initial visit in 2012. Three years of restoration, coordination with the Heritage society and obtaining building permits was a long road but the outcome was worth it.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The walls are adorned with hand-painted Neoclassic panels with decorative moldings and hand painted patterns. The banking hall’s center has a solid marble floor with inlaid borders which was hidden under various flooring materials and the original stairs were stripped of old carpet to reveal an inlaid marble pattern. Since the original stairs to the mezzanine had been removed, a new granite and glass staircase was installed to access the mezzanine. The ornate brass handrails were installed and brass walls were carefully hand polished. Every effort was made to restore this beauty back to its glory days. It is not often an opportunity such as this is given so the project team had fun with this restoration. It can truly be said there is not another fitness club like it in the world.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The facility is 86 years old and is predominantly from the Neoclassic Architecture era. Its 1,900 square meters spans across two floors and a mezzanine. The exterior is limestone and is four storeys. It is a landmark in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

TAGS:
Heritage restoration, Stunning, Unique, Breathtaking, Stimulating

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The key lesson that was learned from this process was to never underestimate the challenges and costs associated with a project of this nature. The restoration process uncovered both opportunities and challenges to be carefully addressed. There was nothing routine or predictable about this heritage building and so the regular rules did not apply.

CHALLENGE:
The design process for this location was more challenging than the other 375 plus fitness clubs the designers had completed but with extensive research and collaboration with the construction team the designers managed to pull it off.

ADDED DATE:
2017-02-27 22:56:09

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Designer: Lori Ireland, Bob Miller, Square Feet Design Group Inc., Construction Management: Jeff VanHaeren, Lindsay Markle, Trigon Construction Management and

IMAGE CREDITS:
JoJoey Jo-Ann Photography Inc

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
GoodLife Fitness

PROFILE:
GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness chain in Canada with over 375 gym locations across the country. Recently a low budget version called Fit4Less was launched and has successfully opened and operating over 35 locations and growing. GoodLife Fitness is the fourth largest fitness facility chain in the world. We have partnered with them for over 17 years and have successfully designed their gyms. We are thrilled to have designed their corporate offices in London Ontario Canada.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Historic Bank Gets Fit Fitness Facility by Square Feet Design Group Inc is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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Historic Bank Gets Fit Fitness Facility by Square Feet Design Group Inc is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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