The making of the Rochmond oval roof structure

Événement passé
18h / lundi 18 avril 2011PAVILLON MACDONALD-HARRINGTON SALLE G-10, Université McGill

The Richmond Oval has garnered significant international interest since its debut as the long track speed-skating venue at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. The eye-catching interior aesthetic and ground-breaking extensive use of pine-beetle kill timber in the roof structure captured the attention of media, guests, and competitors alike.

The long span structure is an innovative use of steel and wood which resulted in unique hybrid steel-wood arches. The 340’-0” long arches were both designed and constructed in a fully coordinated and dedicated team effort which consisted of architect, structural engineer, steel fabricator, glulam and mechanical trades.

The Oval has received numerous awards for its unique engineering, particularly in the roof structure. This presentation will explore the constraints and inspirations that resolved into the renowned Richmond Oval, as well as detailing the design and construction process from start to finish (and beyond, as the Oval moves into legacy mode as a premier athletic training and community recreation centre).


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Conférenciers pour cet événement

Paul A. Fast

Paul Fast graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1981 and established his own firm in 1985. His contribution on national and international projects such as the 2010 Winter Olympic Speed Skating Oval, Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge, Shanghai Wood Presentation Centre and numerous Rapid Transit Stations attest to a deeply rooted passion for design excellence.

Paul is an honorary member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, and a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers in the United Kingdom.

Rob Third

Rob Third has over 25 years of experience in the steel fabrication industry. George Third & Son is a 100 year old family business specializing in large Architectural Steel structures throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Under Rob’s leadership, GTS has received 16 Innovative Steel Structure Awards.