A roof to shield against winter and hail

A building full of emotions and remembering in Alberta, Canada: For three decades the Scotiabank Saddledome has been Calgary’s primary indoor arena and gathering place for premier events, and the fun just keeps on coming. The hall is Calgary's leader for entertainment excitement. Seating over 19,000 and staging more than 150 events per year, it has something for everyone.

Visits of Queen Elizabeth II and the Dalai Lama

It has also played host to big ticket concerts, world-class tournaments, ice shows, circuses, conventions, and more. The 1988 Olympic Winter Games were held there, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip included it on a royal visit in 2005, and the Dalai Lama gave a speech at the Saddledome in 2009.

Olympic Winter Games of 1988

Located on the Stampede Grounds, on the east end of downtown Calgary, the Saddledome was built in 1983 to replace the Stampede Corral as the home of National Hockey League team the Calgary Flames, and to host ice hockey and figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

16,369.5 M² of reroofing

30 years of proven performance are impressive, but every good thing comes to an end. The need to upgrade the roof with the latest generation of Sika products and the hailstorm of August 2012 in Calgary prompted the owner to re-roof the famous hall, home of the Calgary Flames hockey team. During this one year project, completed in July 2014, a total area of 16,369.5 m2 was re-roofed with contractor Parker Johnston Industries (Alberta) Ltd.

Newest roofing system

Already covered with Sarnafil® products, the new roof showcases the most recent generation of roofing systems developed by Sika®, including specific features such as an 80 mil G410 Feltback membrane and an added gypsum cover board. Those components in combination provide the structure with better protection against wear, the vagaries of the weather, and the famous annual fireworks festival.

Sika Canada`s roofing challenge

Understandably, the roof’s compound curve design, as well as its ring beam edge and massive size, not only make the roof the most recognizable in Canada but also posed a unique challenge for Parker Johnston. Facing inclement weather conditions and technical challenges, the roofing crews had to combine efficiency, speed of execution and innovative techniques to complete such a long and complex project. Ultimately, the challenges were overcome thanks to the well-thought-out systematic method of removing the existing roof, followed by immediate waterproofing of the roof to keep it watertight, and installation of the insulation, rigid cover board and membrane.

The new stadium is now ready for the upcoming hockey season, safe from winter and hail for decades to come!

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