Building Magazine


Birdair, Inc. selected to retrofit Canada Place’s sail roof

Birdair, Inc., a contractor of lightweight long-span roofing systems and tensile structures, has been selected to provide the updated tensile roofing system for Canada Place in Vancouver. As the manufacturer of Canada Place’s original sail fabric, Birdair will serve as roofing sub-contractor for the Vancouver landmark, replacing the structure’s current roof with 91,210 square feet of TiO2-coated PTFE fibreglass fabric membrane that matches the original five-sail design installed in 1984. 

The fabric membrane specified for Canada Place is PTFE, or polytetrafluoroethylene, fiberglass coated with non-toxic and flame-resistant TiO2 (titanium dioxide) that requires less maintenance due to its self-cleaning capabilities. The material is also highly durable, weather and fire resistant, and could have a project life expectancy exceeding 30 years. The $21-million project will be financed through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, a key component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. 


A symbol of culture, tourism and economic activity, Canada Place hosts three million visitors per year and generates approximately $1 billion in economic impact annually for the local economy. Canada Place houses the Port Metro Vancouver cruise ship terminal and corporate office, the Vancouver Convention Centre East, the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, the World Trade Centre office tower and the VINCI parkade.

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