The Lancaster building in the core of downtown Calgary is known for being the city’s first high-rise tower. Originally constructed in 1919, it has considerable historic value. The Edwardian-style 9-story building was originally designed by James C. Teague, and is a composite concrete and steel structure with a brick and terra cotta façade. 10th-floor penthouse offices were added during a renovation in the 70s.
JRS was initially engaged to review isolated areas of the building and assess flashing attachment issues at the terra cotta parapet assembly. Although building drawings of this era are difficult to find, we located copies in local archives to help with our investigation, then performed a comprehensive Building Envelope Condition Assessment (BECA). JRS’s assessment helped determine an accurate estimate of required remediation. We were later retained to provide prime consultant services for remediation and revitalization of terra cotta, brick stone, and fenestration. JRS is currently working with architects and contractors on adjacent facets of façade remediation. Phase 1 was completed in 2016.