James Avenue Pumping Station

James Avenue Pumping Station

Architect
5468796 Architecture
Location
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices

Pump stations

Apartments
James Brittain Photography
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Aluminum 2100 series - elevator curtain wallCRL
WindowsDuxton Windows & Doors
Suite entry doorsPenner Doors
SteelworkPHOENIX
Elevatorthyssenkrupp Elevator
CladdingVicwest

Product Spec Sheet
Aluminum 2100 series - elevator curtain wall
by CRL
Suite entry doors
Steelwork
by PHOENIX
Elevator
Cladding
by Vicwest

James Avenue Pumping Station

5468796 Architecture as Architects

Opened in 1907, the James Avenue Pumping Station was built to house the massive pumping equipment required to run a high pressure water system for fighting fires in the downtown area. After 17 attempts to revive the desolate structure, the project was successfully preserved through an innovative financial / building pro forma.

 

By permanently fixing the existing gantry crane system in place, the structure’s initial capacity to move 20,000 lbs across its foundation was repurposed for the construction of an additional floor within the Pumphouse. This leaves the pumps on the main floor free and clear of complicated programming and allows a buildable site to be designed in tandem. Adapting the strengths of this early 20th century landmark transforms the Pumphouse into a feasible, contemporary mixed-use development that includes rental apartments, commercial use at ground level, and parking.

 

The development scenario allows for the great pump hall – a well-preserved example of the “golden age” of machinery – to be showcased, free on all sides and newly accessible to the public. Capped at 6 storeys in height, the new builds “book-end” the existing structure and subtly support it through deliberately simple, modular forms. Architectural interventions employ a modern industrial aesthetic – a strategy carried from the interior elements through to the exterior additions, serving to both contrast and complement the utilitarian approach and materiality of the original Pumping Station. Each insertion is floated inside of the heritage shell, offset to achieve a light touch against its historic counterpart.

 

Material Used :
1. Duxton Windows + Doors - windows
2. Vic-West - cladding
3. Holz Constructors - wood slabs
4. Phoenix Ironworks - steelwork
5. ThyssenKrupp - elevator
6. CRL/US aluminum 2100 series - elevator curtain wall
7. Penner Doors - suite entry doors

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