Next year will mark 20 years since Winnipeg’s citizens and streets were threatened by the rapidly rising Red River.
Canada’s most famous groundhogs may have been in disagreement last week, but sooner or later, spring is coming – and the melting snow will come with it.
The holidays are a time for sharing merriment both at home and in the office. However, after-hours parties and prolonged workplace closures over a holiday break can create unforeseen risks.
A commercial kitchen is filled with possibilities for delicious creations – and potential fire hazards. At Wynward, we help our clients safeguard against all avoidable risk.
The world is full of interesting buildings that seem to defy physics as they embody the imagination of the brilliant architects who created them.
However, any builder or contractor can tell you that physics are very much a part of the equation. At Wynward, we appreciate the hard work and fine attention to detail that went into some of the world’s most ambitious architectural designs.
Lloyd’s of London Building
Richard Rogers won a competition to design the new Lloyd’s of London building in 1978. His design was truly innovative: the elevators, staircases, electrical conduits and water pipes were positioned on the outside, leaving an open-concept inner space. This concept earned the structure the nickname “The Inside-Out Building”. Construction of the Lloyd’s building took 8 years and used 33,510 cubic metres of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass.
Burj Al Arab
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Burj Al Arab is unofficially known as “the world’s only 7-star hotel”, and owes much of its status to its stunning architectural design and opulent features. The building, created to resemble a sail, is the world’s third-tallest hotel at 321 metres, and has become an iconic feature in Dubai’s skyline. The foundation of the structure is particularly noteworthy: the hotel rests on an artificial island that juts into the waterfront, held in place by 230 forty-metre-long concrete piles driven into the sand.
Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937, was originally built as a residence for the Kaufmann family. Today, it is one of Wright’s most famous buildings and is open for public tours. The plot of land included a waterfall and didn’t lend itself to the construction of a large family home, so a cantilevered concept was used to address the unique structural challenges.
Petronas Twin Towers
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
The 88-storey Petronas Towers have the distinction of being the tallest twin structure in the world. Because of the soft bedrock beneath the building site, the Petronas towers were created with the world’s deepest foundations: 104 concrete piles ranging from 60 to 114 metres were put into the ground to keep the structures stable. The towers were also created using ultra-strong reinforced concrete, due to the high cost of importing stainless steel.
Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is a famous example of what happens when a contractor’s work is never quite done. Sarah Winchester, widow of the inventor of the Winchester Rifle, believed her home to be inhabited by many restless spirits. Without any master architectural plan, Sarah commissioned a seemingly endless series of additions and constructions to the building, reportedly to appease the spirits that inhabited her home.
From the tallest tower to the humblest single family home, good design, planning and insurance is always critical to a building’s success. Wynward Insurance offers a Contractor’s product that will keep your projects safe and moving forward, to protect your business and your clients’ interests.