A Photoblog of the New Building Construction

Follow the construction of the new building as it happens.


The Latest Photos

Jul 17, 2018: The ends of the coolant pipes at the home end of the ice pad are being welded together and tied down.

Jul 17, 2018: Pairs of coolant pipes at the home end waiting to be tied down.

Jul 17, 2018: The Kingspan walls are going up along the west wall.

Jul 17, 2018: The Kingspan walls are going up along the west wall.

Jul 17, 2018: Building the parapet on the edge of the roof over the washrooms and storerooms at the back of the building.

Jul 17, 2018: More brick veneer going up on the north end of the west wall.

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Jul 3, 2018: They have finished installing the DensGlass sheathing on the northwest corner of the building. Next comes vapour barrier, insulation and brick veneer.

Jul 3, 2018: The northwest corner of the building viewed from the inside. It is a lot darker with the DensGlass sheathing on the outside.

Jul 3, 2018: The components for the elevator have arrived.

Jul 3, 2018: The dividing wall between flights in the west-side stairwell.

Jul 3, 2018: Lots and lots of sand to cover the warm set of pipes.

Jul 3, 2018: They can't drive the dump trucks on the pipes, so they dump the sand outside and bring it in using a front loader.

Jul 3, 2018: They have to wet the sand, then compact it.

Jul 3, 2018: Larger supply and return pipes for the upper, coolant pipes. These will be laid in the header trench at the far end of the ice shed.

Jul 3, 2018: The coolant pipes will be heat welded to each header, spaced about one foot apart.

Jul 3, 2018: Two more door frames have been installed on the east side of the building.

Jul 3, 2018: The last components of the steel structure - supports for the windows upstairs in the northeast corner - arrived today.

Jul 4, 2018: More and more sand. They finished most of sheets 1-4 yesterday and should finish most of the rest today.

Jul 4, 2018: All the warm pipes have been temporarily welded together into one big loop so they can be pressure tested for leaks.

Jul 4, 2018: Testing the warm pipes for leaks with a pressure gauge. We do not want to see that pressure drop.

Jul 4, 2018: The last pieces of the steel structure - supports for the windows in the meeting room - are in place.

Jul 5, 2018: They are framing in the supports for the windows in the meeting room.

Jul 5, 2018: More equipment for the elevator has arrived - the hydraulic power unit and a barrel of hydraulic fluid.

Jul 5, 2018: They are still working on the sand covering the warm pipes.

Jul 5, 2018: Leveling the sand on sheets 1-4.

Jul 5, 2018: The main runs of HVAC ducting on the first floor are almost complete.

Jul 6, 2018: Framing up another wall on the first floor - between the ladies restroom and the viewing area.

Jul 6, 2018: Plumbing connections in the first floor ladies restroom.

Jul 6, 2018: They have laid roof board and vapour barrier on most of the roof running beside sheet one.

Jul 6, 2018: Most of the sand covering the warm pipes on the ice pad has been compressed and leveled. Next comes a vapour barrier followed by all that insulation piled up on the walkways.

Jul 9, 2018: Laying the vapour barrier and the first layer of insulation on the ice pad floor.

Jul 9, 2018: Laying the vapour barrier and the first layer of insulation on the ice pad floor.

Jul 9, 2018: Erecting the brick veneer wall that will run around most of the building.

Jul 9, 2018: Flashing installed around the door frames that will tie into the brick veneer.

Jul 9, 2018: Water supply lines for the downstairs washrooms.

Jul 9, 2018: More walls have been erected downstairs - locker rooms, washrooms, janitorial room, storage rooms.

Jul 9, 2018: Forms for the footings that will support the entrance canopy.

Jul 10, 2018: Forms for the three posts supporting the entrance canopy.

Jul 10, 2018: A close-up of one of the support post forms.

Jul 10, 2018: The second layer of insulation and another vapour barrier have been laid on the ice pad.

Jul 10, 2018: Laying out the "rink chair" that support the rebar and the coolant pipes for the ice pad.

Jul 10, 2018: The rink chair has a horizontal rod and a U-shaped "chair" attached to a base plate.

Jul 10, 2018: Laying the rebar on the rink chair.

Jul 10, 2018: The rebar rests on the horizontal rod while the coolant pipes will lay in the "U".

Jul 10, 2018: They want to make sure that the coolant pipe doesn't heat up too much and buckle. The tarps will block the sun and prevent the black pipe from absorbing too much heat.

Jul 10, 2018: The main feed and return pipe for the coolant lines are being placed in the header trench.

Jul 10, 2018: The parapet on the edge of the roof along the east wall.

Jul 10, 2018: The brick veneer wall on the west wall is getting higher.

Jul 10, 2018: Working on the window openings in the Pro Shop and Bruce's office.

Jul 10, 2018: Installing the windows in the Pro Shop.

Jul 11, 2018: The ice shed floor is covered with rink chair and rebar.

Jul 11, 2018: Lots and lots of rink chair and rebar.

Jul 11, 2018: Plastic ties are used to tie each piece of rebar together in several places.

Jul 11, 2018: The main supply and return header pipes are in place.

Jul 11, 2018: The HVAC ducting has to run through the second floor on its way from the first floor to the roof. Before installing it in the bar storeroom, they had to install some drywall behind the ducts while they had access to the studs.

Jul 11, 2018: More drywall behind ducting in the upstairs janitorial room.

Jul 11, 2018: Working on the parapet on the roof beside sheet one.

Jul 11, 2018: More brick veneer wall on the west side.

Jul 11, 2018: A couple of transformers for the mechanical room.

Jul 11, 2018: Putting up steel studs for the kitchen walls.

Jul 11, 2018: Installing sheathing on the wall between the ice shed and the viewing area.

Jul 12, 2018: Laying out the coolant pipes.

Jul 12, 2018: More tarps are being hung to keep direct sunlight off the pipes.

Jul 12, 2018: The tarps are giving an orange tinge to the ice shed.

Jul 12, 2018: Dragging coolant pipes down the ice pad.

Jul 12, 2018: The young lad in the middle has to position the middle of each pipe in the correct slot, then keep them in place until they relax.

Jul 12, 2018: Almost at the far end.

Jul 12, 2018: Lining up the pipes in their slots at the far end.

Jul 12, 2018: More drywall going up where ducting will be heading up to the roof.

Jul 12, 2018: They are going to need a lot more drywall.

Jul 12, 2018: More vapour barrier membrane going up on the north wall.

Jul 12, 2018: Looks like they are finished quite a bit of the brick veneer on the west wall.

Jul 12, 2018: Putting up brick veneer at the southwest corner.

Jul 12, 2018: They have poured the raised platforms for the electrical equipment in the mechanical room.

Jul 12, 2018: They have poured the raised platforms for the electrical equipment in the mechanical room.

Jul 12, 2018: As you walk in the building, the elevator and the kitchen will be on the left.

Jul 12, 2018: The kitchen, with the walk-in cooler and freezer will be on the left with the prep area, the cooking area in the middle and the serving area on the right.

Jul 13, 2018: All the coolant pipes have been laid out.

Jul 13, 2018: Working on the exhaust hood venting for the kitchen.

Jul 13, 2018: The support column footings for the entrance canopy have been poured.

Jul 16, 2018: The far ends of the coolant pipes are being welded to the main pipes in the header trench.

Jul 16, 2018: Most of the coolants pipes have been welded to the pipes in the header trench.

Jul 16, 2018: Working on the last of the coolant pipe connections to the pipes in the header trench.

Jul 16, 2018: The plastic pipes are welded together with special tools. First a clamping tool is attached to the end of the pipe in the header trench.

Jul 16, 2018: The end of the pipe from the ice pad is fed into the other end of the clamping tool.

Jul 16, 2018: The ends are brought together on a trimmer that shaves the edges so they will come together with a perfect fit.

Jul 16, 2018: After trimming, the ends are pulled apart again.

Jul 16, 2018: A heating tool is placed between the ends, which are once more brought together.

Jul 16, 2018: Once the ends have been partially melted, the heating tool is removed and the ends are quickly brought together.

Jul 16, 2018: The ends are held tight together until the weld has cooled.

Jul 16, 2018: The clamping tool is then disconnected.

Jul 16, 2018: Installing more HVAC ducting in the northwest corner of the banquet room between the first floor and the roof.