Local Concrete Faced Insulation "Making the Rounds" in BC - Tech-Crete CFI Insulating Wall Panels
May 23, 2017 | Blog
Splatsin First Nation Circular Community Center Perimeter Grade Beam is Insulated and Finished with Locally Manufactured Tech-Crete CFI in Enderby BC
InterCoast Building Solutions are pleased to report that a BC produced product, Tech-Crete Concrete Faced Insulation, was chosen by the Architects Ted J. Thomas & Associates to insulate and finish the perimeter grade beam on the sides of this important 33,581 sqft cultural building in Enderby BC. Proving that even on a round building such as this, durable Tech-Crete Concrete Faced Insulation with its invisible rail fixing system can be readily mechanically fastened.
CFI by Tech-Crete – The Product
The panels are installed vertically with the 4 ft tongue and groove portion on the vertical axis and the score mark on 2 foot spacing providing a stress relief and design enhancement element. This effectively makes the panels look like large 2’ x 2’ blocks. Notice on the closeup photos below the recommended and highly durable finishing detail on the corner where there is a metal cap installed to ensure long years of service life. If an architect or client prefers a uniform colour for finishing Tech-Crete CFI, then applying a final coat of any good quality latex based paint is the recommendation.
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This imposing landmark on the Splatsin First Nation reserve in Enderby is visible from Highway 97A and the huge circular state of the art building is modelled after the traditional winter pit houses, or Kekuli, used by Splatsin ancestors. The building features a green roof with rainwater recovery used to water the grounds, efficient LED lighting, stage lighting, a sound system, a cushioned gymnasium floor, showers and changing rooms and numerous smaller, multi-purpose rooms. Heat is delivered to the building from an emissions-free, waste-wood fired boiler located in the nearby Fink Machine operation.
The key design features are 24 huge log posts and beams in natural Cedar finish surrounding the multi-use main floor, and on the upper level there is a circular balcony running track along with offices and meeting rooms. At ground-level the perimeter grade beam on this sloping site is insulated and finished using the durable Tech-Crete Concrete Faced Insulated Panel system with invisible fixings in natural cement grey. These were enhanced with traditional First Nations pictographs applied directly on site to the concrete facing, which further represent Splatsin's rich cultural history.
This multi-purpose building is expected to become a destination for the local community as it has room for upwards of 2,000 people. Regular activities at the centre include Secwepemc Nation ceremonies, banquets, as well as ongoing sports and recreation for the school and the community with a full-sized basketball court and indoor running track. With its large side doors that can accommodate trucks, the building is designed for many uses, including local trade shows, boat and car shows. Cultural events could include both theatre and live music and it's been proposed that the centre could be used for an Aboriginal Music Festival.
The beautiful and durable new Splatsin community centre will no doubt become a regional landmark and a showcase for Tech-Crete Concrete Faced Insulation and the growing Splatsin community, a place thoughtfully designed for shared events and activities to spread goodwill and bring people together in peace and harmony for the future.
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