Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Located in Canada’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by extraordinary natural beauty. Founded more than a century ago as a home away from home for mountain enthusiasts, the 487-room luxury resort looks out on glorious peaks, the Victoria Glacier and Lake Louise itself. It offers outdoor activities all year round, including skiing, hiking and canoeing.


Location

  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Sector

Service

Client

  • Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Project Status

  • Ongoing

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The 10-storey hotel was built in four phases, with the first sections – Painter Wing and Barrot Wing – completed in 1913 and 1925 respectively, followed by the Glacier Wing over 60 years later in 1987 and the latest, Mount Temple Wing in 2004. In that same year, the resort ownership started a maintenance project focused on the exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS), applied over the original mass masonry walls on the two original hotel wings in the early 1980s. We were commissioned to evaluate the EIFS, produce specifications for recommended wall repairs, tender the work and review it during construction.

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Engineering Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise- aerial view

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Our team provided a maintenance plan, and has been prioritizing and phasing the work as required for over a decade to help meet client budgets and cater to the hotel’s very short construction season. During the build itself, we worked closely with the hotel to keep disruption to guests to a minimum.

In addition, we evaluated, designed and reviewed the sloped metal roof replacement above the Painter Wing. We were also retained to help design and install a permanent access system for the building to ease maintenance access and save on costs. The system paid for itself after a single season of use.

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