Kelly Ramsey Building - Architectural
Contractor: Ledcor Construction Limited
Location: Edmonton, AB
Masonry Contractor: Scorpio Masonry (Northern) Inc.
After the Kelly Ramsey Building was damaged by fire in 2009, it sat vacant until developer John Day purchased it with the plan of rebuilding it into an office tower. An integral part of the rebuild was the inclusion of the original historical façade. Numerous stone pieces survived the fire but had to be tested for integrity. Due to the super heating of the flames and the super cooling of the water used to put out the flames, some stones became brittle and fractured internally. The pieces which were removed and deemed useable were cataloged and photographed, while the pieces which could not be salvaged were scanned and recreated digitally, and then replicated by our CNC saw.
To recreate the historical façade, mortar was used for the joints of the pieces. Typically epoxy is used to endure the compression and expansion of the stone, however the smaller pieces used in this project made mortar an appropriate application. Some carved pieces were also recreated and installed.
October 13, 2016 marked the grand opening of the building, renamed Enbridge Centre after it's largest tenant.