Uploaded on Jan 28, 2011
Elemix concrete additive helped to lower construction costs on the Canada Olympic Park Ice Complex.
Calgary's Canada Olympic Park is now the home of the
500,000 sq. ft. Athletic and Ice Complex, a world-class training facility for Canada's Olympic athletes. The facility boasts one international-sized skating surface, three NHL-sized skating surfaces, a training facility, and a five-storey office tower that will house the offices of Hockey Canada, Skate Canada, and 20 other national and provincial winter sports organizations.
Construction of the immense project was managed by Calgarybased CANA Construction. Together with engineering firm Read, Jones, Christoffersen (RJC), CANA's project team reduced materials and labor cost by specifying lightweight concrete with Elemix® additive for the elevated concrete decks of the five story office complex.
Elemix additive is a unique polymeric sphere that results
in lighter weight concrete that resists cracking. Lightweight
concrete decks allow engineers to reduce the amount of
structural beams supporting the floor, creating a significant cost savings.
"What the people at CANA said to us was the fact that they did not have to spray the underslab with fire retardant was a huge cost savings to them," said Harold Boldt, the Sales Manager for Inland Concrete, who provided the concrete for the project. "We are very pleased that we can go back to
our engineers and say we have a product that works, it pumps easily, and the finishers found it easy to place."
"To be involved with the Canada Olympic Park project is quite exciting," said Darcy Minion, a Plasti-Fab representative who provided support on the project. "It is great that the Elemix additive really helped the contractor save money and get the project done faster."