Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada was built in 1931 – home to the Toronto Maple Leafs until 1999. The Maple Leafs were part of the “Original Six” ice hockey teams that formed the National Hockey League in North America – beginning in the 1920’s. The Leafs moved to a new arena in 1999, leaving the “Gardens” empty and largely unused. Designated a National Historic Site and listed under the City of Toronto as a Heritage Property, the project demanded that all renovations observed strict preservation guidelines and restoration work to reflect the original design.
Ryerson University at Maple Leaf Gardens
To effectively refurbish this historic building, the original interior was replaced by new floor levels to accommodate a street level grocery store, a student athletic centre above it and a new ice rink installed on the top floor, beneath the original arena roof.
The multi-purpose court, studio and gym called for drylining walls as well as interesting curved ceiling treatments. Capital worked with CertainTeed to secure long drywall lengths to create less joints and realize labor cost savings during the installation and finishing stages.
The athletic facilities include large, open space. Walls & ceilings required drylining, with steps taken to ensure contractor staff safety while creating a quality finish in challenging conditions. The project reclaimed 220,000 square feet of space, more than doubling the amount of athletic and recreational facilities on Ryerson’s campus.
Several wallboard ceiling features were created throughout the athletic centre. By specifying CertainTeed sag-resistant drywall, the construction crew was able to effectively accommodate the large custom designed and built suspended structures.
- The project comprised the adaptive reuse of a national historic site, requiring extensive restoration and respect for the original design.
- Large, open space with new gypsum walls & ceilings demanded close attention to contractor safety during installation and finishing stages.
- Athletic facilities with common public access areas called for specific moisture and mold and abuse resistance drylining products.
- Several custom gypsum ceiling features and treatments required a high degree of skill and workmanship.
- Observed all restrictions and guidelines during drylining construction due to the project’s historical building status
- Exceeded all project specifications for fire, moisture/mold and abuse resistance by utilizing CertainTeed’s system of M2Tech® board and finishing products
- Converted the original building specification to allow use of CertainTeed Sustainable Insulation®, used in all appropriate interior wall assemblies
Building Owner: Ryerson University
Architect: BBB Architects Toronto, Inc.
Contractor: Capital Drywall Systems Ltd.
Capital Drywall Systems specializes in all aspects of plasterboard construction, including commercial, high-rise and residential.
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