New CFAC Week 84: Water testing

June 22, 2016

NewCFAC_Week84 NewCFAC_Week84 For any building to become an enduring, iconic part of the cityscape, it needs to be both visually captivating and structurally sound. It’s clear at a glance that the new Centre for Arts and Culture has the aesthetic part down, but what onlookers might not see is all of the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the structure itself will stand the test of time. 

Structural and building integrity tests must be performed at different points throughout the construction process to ensure the building is up to standard. Tests are sequenced to fit with specific stages of construction. This past week, crews conducted water testing on the parapet curtainwall.

The test was performed using a piece of equipment called a spray rack. The spray rack releases multiple streams of water simultaneously, simulating rainfall. This test is performed for a predetermined period of time to ensure that the building will remain watertight through stormy weather.

Last week, work also progressed on grinding and sealing concrete floors, as well as pedway roofing and sidewalk preparation.

Fast Facts:

  • Average manpower for the week was 328 workers
  • 14,793 m3 of concrete has been poured to date.

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