Robin Zirnhelt, P.Eng. Lead, Heavy Timber Engineering, ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd., Canmore, Alberta, Canada
The Grizzly Paw Brewery is located in Canmore, near Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is touted by its owners as the first brewpub in Canada and the second in North America to can its beers. Opened in 1996, by 2011, demand for its products had led to interest in a new, larger brewery on site. The owners also wanted to expand its appeal with the addition of space for future brewery tours and receptions. Construction on the new Grizzly Paw Brewery began in 2012 and it was complete by January 2013. The new facility was developed by Russell and Russell Design Studios/Lloyd McLean Architects with the structural engineering expertise of ISL Engineering and Land Services. With a tight budget, the team were tasked with creating a functional, compact brewery that complemented its scenic location.
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