The new Apotex Centre for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Pharmacy in downtown Winnipeg has become a distinctive campus landmark and provides enhanced connections with the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as the Health Sciences Centre.

The new Apotex Centre for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Pharmacy in downtown Winnipeg has become a distinctive campus landmark and provides enhanced connections with the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as the Health Sciences Centre.

The 100,000square-foot facility is divided into two stacked zones. The lower three levels include the undergraduate educational component clad in horizontally detailed, locally harvested aspen. The upper two levels comprise a refined floating RHEINZINK-clad volume dedicated to undergraduate research.

Approximately 3,000 square feet of 1.0mm/20-gauge Shiplap Panels finished in Graphite Gray were utilized to create the desired effect of articulation and banded visual depth. The architect, George Cibinel, partnered at Corbett Cibinel Architects. “A key planning objective was to promote interaction between the undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty,” Cibinel said. “Students learn everywhere in a campus environment, not just in the classrooms.”

Cibinel is now president of Cibinel Architects Ltd., Winnipeg. The $27 million project was completed on budget and on schedule. Given its location in the center of the campus, Apotex Centre provides an important interior “connector” with other buildings, particularly during the Winnipeg winters. The building is also located on a prominent vehicular and pedestrian thoroughfare.

“The façade became very important to us,” Cibinel said. “We wanted to use warm materials such as zinc and wood. The RHEINZINK is a warm-looking material and has a nice depth to it.”

Cibinel said his firm had not used RHEINZINK before. Working with the fabricator/installer, Tri Clad Designs, Lorette, Manitoba, the design team constructed a 10-foot-by-10-foot mockup of the profile in order to get familiar with it over a period of time.

“The longer we looked at it, the more we liked it,” Cibinel said. “The Shiplap panels create an attractive clapboard look. We were able to get a really nice human scale. The Graphite Gray finish provides nice depth and the sun plays on it beautifully. It has a real look of permanence and quality.”

Georg Koslowski, RHEINZINK’s Director of Technical Services – Canada and a registered architect, was deeply involved in the project and provided initial technical support. “The result of all participants working together is evidenced by the refinement of this Shiplap rainscreen and the perfection in detailing,” he said.

The general contractor on the project was Bockstael Construction, Winnipeg. RHEINZINK America, Inc. led the introduction of zinc as an important architectural material in North America and continues to provide comprehensive technical support to architects and contractors. For more information, call 781-729-0812 or visit www.rheinzink.com.