The ironworkers of CISC Erector member E.S. Fox Limited are standing at the tallest point in Manitoba as they erect the final storeys of a new building in downtown Winnipeg.
Once complete, 300 Main Street will stand over 40-storeys (142metres) tall, surpassing the office tower at 201 Portage Avenue, the current tallest building that reaches 128 meters in height.
Centrally located in the heart of Winnipeg, 300 Main Street will be a mixed-use apartment building featuring residential apartments over retail and entertainment space at the ground level. The new skyscraper will bring excitement and aesthetic appeal to an area that was once a notoriously difficult to develop.
Taking advantage of innovative construction techniques, the new tower at 300 Main features the use of DELTABEAM – a composite slim floor system for multiple-storey buildings that strengthens framing and enables the use of shallow element structures.The combination of a DELTABEAM system and structural steel columns result in a much lighter structure than other Winnipeg skyscrapers that are cast-in-place. As such, Ironworkers have been able to erect this project safely and swiftly in much less time than it would take to build a concrete structure. This innovative combination of materials also allows 300 Main to easily reach new heights in the city skyline, creating an eye-catching new structure that represents modernization and development of downtown Winnipeg.
A Bit of History
It was not until the late 1900s that the city saw the Richardson Building – the city’s first structure that reached over 30 storeys. For many, this building was a symbol of modernization and imminent growth for Winnipeg. Progress since then has been relatively slow, but thanks to advances in the construction industry, the city is now welcoming larger structures that boast impressive features and expedited construction schedules. This leads to shorter construction periods and sooner move-in dates for new tenants and businesses that will bring life and revenue to the downtown core.
We thank E.S. Fox Limited for the information provided.
Hellen Christodoulou, PH.D. Ing., B.C.L., LL.B., M.B.A.
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC-ICCA), Staff writer