The 29,903-square-foot Government of Canada Building in Iqaluit houses different levels of the federal and territorial governments for Nunavut. The building is set on steel piles four feet off the ground in order to keep the permafrost at consistent levels, and it has a main and second floor with a mechanical penthouse. The exterior is constructed with soft curves to mimic snow drifts.
The project proved challenging in terms of both weather and logistics. All materials were crated for arctic shipping and sea-lifted from eastern Canada to Iqaluit. The structure consists of glulam members both vertically and horizontally, with wood-framed exterior walls. Precise humidity control reduced member checks, enabling the project team to finish the interior, and the entire project, on schedule and on budget.