Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. The city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland's number two city. Situated on the Vistula River, it dates back to the 7th century. It has enjoyed a tradition as one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's key economic hubs. The capital of Poland from 1038 to 1569, the city today has a population of approximately 760,000. Some 8 million people live within a 100 km radius of its main square.
One of the largest entertainment and sports venues of Poland
Krakow has a lot to offer its inhabitants and tourists. Tauron Arena Krakow, for instance, is one of the largest and most modern entertainment and sports venues in Poland. It boasts Poland's largest LED media façade, with a total surface of 5,200 m2 of LED strip lighting enveloping the stadium, as well as one of Europe's largest LED screens, measuring over 540 m2. The facility area covers 61,434 m2, and the largest single space within the arena is the 4,546 m2 court. The average concert capacity is 18,000.
Technical support on-site
A major construction of this magnitude demanded on-site technical support on various levels, e.g. suitable systems selection and work quality control. And most importantly, the project needed a well-established building chemicals provider with a proven performance history as the project specifications for the venue in Krakow were highly restrictive.
High-quality membranes for the roof
The roof construction required the use of high-quality membranes to provide maximum insulation. Moreover, the applied system mechanically fastened at a height of 28 m had to be resilient to challenging external conditions such as strong wind uplift forces. Areas with car parks and walkways required resistant flooring systems that could withstand a footfall of thousands of visitors to the venue. An additional crucial requirement was the color scheme for the flooring system.
Engineers offered on-site assistance
Sika Poland provided all necessary technical support throughout the project – engineers specializing in flooring and roofing offered on-site assistance. As a reliable partner with a strong track record in similar venues all around the world Sika was able to provide only top quality and technically tried and tested systems and products.
Insulation for a 13,000 m2 roof
Sika technologies were also used to ensure tight insulation for a 13,000 m2 roof. To fulfill all the requirements, including increased resistance to strong wind uplift forces, Sarnafil® membranes were used. They were fastened mechanically to the roof deck by a Sarnafast system. A strong track record shows that even in difficult conditions Sika’s membranes will stand the test of time, ensuring safety and comfort to all spectators.
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