Security, Administration, and Control Center

Oil & Gas | Alberta, Canada

A major European petrochemical company wanted an iconic “flagship facility” built in Alberta, Canada, to house a control room and administration operations to monitor an oil sands process operation. BAW Architecture exceeded expectations with its leading-edge design of a multi-purpose facility.

The directive: Design a facility so exceptional that to work there would be coveted by oil sands experts the world over. The building should push the envelope of control center design, incorporating modern elements that had never before been used. The result would be a place to which top talent would be drawn. The solution: Enter BAW.

A multi-purpose center featuring state-of-the-art control room, security, administration, training, permitting and food service areas was designed.

The architectural vocabulary of the project was exposed structure for the entire facility, including the control room, which creatively utilizes 20-meter long span trusses that suspend the roof over the control room below. This speaks to creative design.

Large screens supplement the 12 individual consoles, so a supervisor can get an overview and information can be shared. Outward-facing custom consoles were ergonomically designed and acoustic engineering best practices employed at every turn. Each console is identical, enabling seamless shifting of personnel as needed.

A three-story atrium was constructed, connecting the control center to administration, to foster collaboration within a multi-purpose space. The building was the gateway to the entire development, and creates a dramatic first impression for the visitor encountering a multibillion-dollar plant.

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75,360 sf / 7001.2 sm
Oil & Gas
Alberta, Canada
2009 | Built
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team in delivering the final package of construction documentation on the agreed schedule. This is definitely a milestone for this project. You and your team of professionals should be commended for a job well done.

Project Manager

Safety In Design

Security was a major concern, and mitigating factors were taken into account throughout the design—for example security personnel were afforded unobstructed views of the building’s entrance points.


The major European petrochemical company got its wish: a successful, multi-purpose flagship facility. Contact us to learn more about what our team can do for you.

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