Calgary Temple Selected for CID Commercial Stone Award
KEPCO+ is honored to have been the exterior stone contractor for the Calgary Alberta Temple, which was recently selected as a recipient of the 2014 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Award for Commercial Stone. The CID Awards celebrate creativity and ethnical know-how in the use of tile and stone.
Every LDS Temple entails years of design, planning, and preparation, and the Calgary Alberta Temple was no exception. A design-assist project, this intricate edifice, with its cubic granite façade, reflects the high quality and precision installation achievable through a collaborative team effort.
Some of this project’s greatest accomplishments were achieved during the preconstruction phase. KEPCO+ analyzed each stone detail proposed on the project and presented multiple enhancement options to the design team. The team identified several details that could be altered to enhance aesthetics while at the same time improving the schedule, performance, and budget. These detail studies alone resulted in a net savings of nearly $250,000 in stone material and installation costs.
The typical veneer for the exterior cladding was 3 to 4cm thick while the stonework for the cubic water table pieces ranged from 3” to nearly 8” thick. To reflect the agriculture of the region, a modern interpretation of the wheat shaft is incorporated throughout the temple’s exterior façade and interior stone detailing. The largest example of this wheat motif is found on the exterior stone cladding of the temple walls. This impressionistic/geometric patterning repeats in key elements throughout the interior stone detailing and site stone fence piers.
In October of 2012, after years of design, planning, review, preparation, and then finally - installation, the Calgary Temple was dedicated. Tens of thousands of patrons visit the Calgary Temple annually, and it has quickly become a significant landmark in Calgary.