River Landing, a large-scale, multi-purpose urban renewal development along Saskatoon’s downtown waterfront, is considered the most significant real estate development in Saskatchewan’s history. So naturally, as both the new face of Saskatoon's vibrant downtown and the backdrop to countless recreational pursuits, our MSE Structural Walls with custom pre-cast panels had to live up to the river valley's namesake, Meewasin, which means “beautiful” in Cree.
Overcoming unique site challenges within a tight timeline.
Due to an active flood zone and less-than-favourable fill from 60 years of dumping, walls needed to accommodate a 50.8 mm settlement differential between the face panels and the reinforced backfill zone.Gracefully-curving walls also had to accommodate large, cantilevered observation decks and the use of engineered saddles built around several pile structures.
Facades used driven steel piles with pre-cast concrete grade beams for uniform, stable bases. Vertical Grave Stake finish was chosen for its natural, anti-graffiti texture and freeze/thaw durability.
Living up to the "Meewasin" name-sake.
The “face of the City” had to look good and stay that way, so we developed a custom Vertical Grave Stake design that met all of the client’s requirements - a natural look, an anti-graffiti texture, good freeze/thaw durability without water pooling, and pre-cast workability. The resulting marriage of engineering and design is, by all accounts, truly “Meewasin”.
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