Kahnoff Centre Renovation
The new 12-storey addition to the east of the previous 11-storey Kahanoff Centre in downtown Calgary is the new home to Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (“DJD”), who occupy the first six floors. DJD’s space houses seven new dance studios, and includes a 200 seat performance theater. Kahanoff Centre’s expansion also extended the current facility to provide more space for charities on floors 7-12.The integration of the two buildings into one posed challenges to m+b, as all electrical and mechanical components needed to be integrated. The building is in a flood plain, and therefore one electrical room located on the first floor is designed to feed both towers. A new emergency generator on the roof of the new tower also serves both buildings. Refeeding the existing emergency and normal power distribution was challenging.The new tower is classified as a high-rise building and therefore the fire alarm system of the previous building required upgrades to meet standards and codes.