British Columbia Building Envelope Council – Vancouver Luncheon: First Canadian Place: Cladding Service Life & Renewal

For more than 35 years, First Canadian Place in Toronto has been Canada’s tallest skyscraper. The building has recently undergone a $120M renewal program to address problems that developed with the thin marble veneer cladding. In this presentation, Mike Van Dusen P.Eng. with Halsall Associates will examine the lessons learned from the efforts to manage the deteriorating conditions, along with the evaluation and testing undertaken to analyse how the cladding performed over its service life, and the design of the replacement system. Points of interest will include how design standards have evolved, the contrast with how risks were managed differently than its sister building in Chicago (which was the subject of landmark litigation), how building science practitioners achieved success in the 1970s, and how modern laminated glazing has been employed to renew this landmark property. It takes place Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Register online at http://bcbec.com/seminars.php.

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