Boston Valley Terra Cotta is honored to have won an Alberta Masonry Design Award for the restoration of the Dome of the Alberta Legislative Building. The Masonry Design Awards honor the collaborative achievements of a project team for imaginative and creative use of masonry. Outstanding masonry projects provide living examples of the beauty and timelessness […]
Blog posts pertaining to Alberta Legislature Dome project
SOURCE: The Architect’s Newspaper BY: Anna Bergren Miller DATE: March 5, 2014 See the original article at The Architect’s Newspaper Boston Valley Brings A 100-Year-Old Dome Into The Digital Age Restoring a century-old terra cotta dome without blueprints would be a painstaking process in any conditions. Add long snowy winters and an aggressive freeze/thaw cycle, […]
Pictured is the entire lantern and dome assembly of the Alberta Legislative Building. The individual 3-D models or ‘parts’ were created in InventorPro® unitizing profiles and dimensions from our 2D shop drawings. The parts were then fit together using the assembly environment of the InventorPro® software. The end result being an accurate, realistic 3 dimensional […]
We have started to experiment with routing out plaster backups for ornate sculptural pieces. In this case, one-fourth of a round Corinthian capital for the Alberta Legislative Dome was derived from 3D scanning the sample. The geometry was then simplified to become conducive for CNC routing. Once the backup was complete, sculptor Paolo Lucente utilized […]
The CNC router is being put to use to produce models that twist and bend in all 3 axes. In this case the blocks are for a window surround in the lantern of the Alberta Legislative Dome. These blocks are ideal for our machine’s 5 axis capabilities as are able to match the surfaces perfectly […]
Final Alberta pieces are getting dry fitted to insure they meet specs before being shipped out.
The Alberta Legislature Dome continues to advance through the factory. Models of dome tiles with a double radius are being routed from blank blocks of plaster on our 5-axis CNC machine, while those units requiring the detailing skills of our sculptors and craftsmen are being modeled by hand using plaster and clay (see photo below). […]