The Sea to Sky Gondola became an instant landmark destination in Squamish, British Columbia when it opened in May 2014. Under construction for more than a year, the $22-million project now provides year-round access to hiking trails, interpretive walks, panoramic views and a 9,000-square foot Summit Lodge where guests can enjoy self-serve dining and local Squamish food and beverage.
The roof system was engineered to withstand the demands of all-weather exposure with minimal maintenance requirements. With construction slated to take place during the winter of 2013/2014, the building’s location presented some interesting challenges. Its only access road was a steep, single-lane logging highway, so all of the construction materials had to be shipped to a base station at the bottom of the mountain on a flat bed and then pulled uphill by heavy equipment to reach the access site.
With this in mind, designers specified products that would deliver the most protection at the lowest weight and bulk. Polyiso insulation from IKO was chosen to provide outstanding thermal performance for the building’s roof system. Given the challenging installation environment, roofing contractor Garibaldi Roofing was grateful that superior materials such as Polyiso insulation were light enough that sheets could be carried by a single installer.
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