Clover Bar Lodge – Sherwood Park, AB

The new lodge facility is located at 4000 Sherwood Dr., replacing the existing Clover Bar Lodge built in 1963, with the build coming at a cost of $32.4 million as funded through the provincial and federal governments. The facility is owned by Heartland Housing.

The Challenges Presented With This Project Were

1. Precast concrete was revised to the LBS Wall and Floor System. LBS Structural Inc. coordinated the complete engineering design.

2. Slab on grade was installed after the 2nd floor was completed. Coordination with the other trades had to be carefully orchestrated.

3. A February deep freeze in 2019 required extra efforts with the LBS mobile panel plant

How Light-weight Building Systems Inc. Met the Challenges

This project was originally designed as a precast concrete structure. LBS was approached to offer a more cost-effective structural design while maintaining a fully non-combustible building. Schedule was also a key factor and by LBS providing prefabricated wall panels, we were able to expedite the schedule while meeting the budget requirements. Due to the weather conditions, the main floor slab on grade could not be completed on schedule. LBS offered a solution to install the main floor walls and 2nd floor framing prior to completing the main floor slab on grade. This approach saved several weeks of vital schedule time and the other trades were able to work in a covered heated area on the ground floor to complete their work.

The Solutions We Created

LBS Structural Inc. coordinated engineering for the complete structure using the LBS system. February deep freeze of 2019. In the first 18 days of February we had 3 days which hit -30°C, while in the past 20 years we had only had 2 other -30°C February days (in 2008 and 2018). We had 14 lows which hit -25°C, compared to the coldest recent February in 2014 which we only had 6. LBS provided wall panel fabrication through winter months in our, on site mobile panel plant. All the LBS wall panels were completed while the GC completed the foundation and concrete block cores.

Results, Return on Investment and Future Plans

LBS Structural Inc. was able to coordinate the revision of a precast concrete structure to an LBS structure design within a three month time frame, thus allowing excavations to start on schedule. Our ability to expedite an LBS structural design, prefabricate through extreme winter conditions, erect a structure without a slab on grade in place and provide a complete structure through tough weather conditions is something LBS can provide to future clients.

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