U of M Richardson Centre
The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN) is a leader in functional food and nutraceutical research, supporting the development of an economically viable, functional food industry for both local and international markets.
RCFFN is located in a state-of-the-art, 55,000 square foot building, located at 196 Innovation Drive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a research centre within the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba.
The biggest challenge with this job was having the ‘tree’ columns appear to be seamless. The wide flange columns needed to split into three or even four pieces at the top. Plates were cut and shaped to make the curving branches and shop welded together into one piece. These columns begin outside of the building and continue to run down the entire main corridor of the building and are all exposed. A total of 30 ‘tree’ columns were used on this project.