4. Why do you want to shut down Talisman Centre for nine to 12 months in 2010?
The shut down is recommended for the tented portion of the building. The 25-year-old fab-ric roof is at the end of its lifecycle and needs to be replaced in 2010. This constructionprocess will require massive cranes and other heavy equipment on site.Our goal is to keep open the two annex buildings adjoining the tented portion of TalismanCentre. Use of the facilities in the two annex buildings will be determined by the LindsayPark Sport Society Board of Governors and the Talisman Centre management team. The clo-sure will be a short-term inconvenience; however the result will be extending the life ofthis popular facility for another 30-plus years.
5. What, exactly, has Council approved?
Council’s Standing Policy Committee for Community and Protective Services has approved$41.5M capital appropriation for the roof replacement. The project was subsequentlypassed by full Council on May 12. The expectation is that City Administration will reportback to Council no later than September 2009 on final tender costs and opportunities toachieve energy efficiency improvements.The design option that has been approved is a sealed roof system with two layers of outerfabric covering an insulating layer of Nanogel. This solution will enhance insulation to arating of R8-to-R12, allow more natural light, and maintain the iconic look of the currentroof. Further analysis confirms that the third critical roof performance issue, severe con-densation, results from ineffective airflow over the roof fabric during cold weather. An im-proved mechanical system to dehumidify the underside of the proposed Nanogel fabric isrecommended to address this issue.
6. What is being done to communicate the shut down to Talisman Centre staff, mem-bers and sport partners?
That process is already underway. Talisman Centre staff, members, sport partners, vendorsand other stakeholders are receiving, and will continue to receive, timely updates as keydecisions are made on this project.
7. What the heck is Nanogel?
Nanogel aerogel is a light weight, nanoporous, translucent
insulating material that was firstdiscovered by scientists in the 1930s. Its appearance is sometimes described as “liquidsmoke.” More recently, Nanogel was commercialized for intense insulation applicationssuch as NASA’s Mars Rover, deep sea pipelines, and roofing material.The Talisman Centre’s proposed fabric roof will include layers of translucent Nanogel insidetwo layers of an extremely durable, translucent and weather-resistant fabric. The fabricroof includes a Teflon-like substance called PTFE.
Working together, the Nanogel insulationand PTFE fabric will improve energy efficiency within Talisman Centre and provide signifi-cant energy and cost savings over the next 30-plus years.
8. Why don’t you just build a new Talisman Centre?
The 2007-08 engineering study included an estimate on the cost of a new building. To de-molish the current facility, rebuild a more traditional box-style building on the existing siteand re-equip it, the cost was estimated to be approximately $222M (in 2008 dollars). Theconstruction period for this type of new building, or any significant change to the struc-ture, would also be closer to a two-to-four year project, requiring a much longer facilityshut down. This type of project would also require the construction of a parkade, as perbuilding code requirements.
9. Why don’t you put on a more traditional roof, like metal, concrete or asphalt?
These options would be much more expensive. They would require expensive structuralchanges and additional code requirements. These options would also require a much longershut-down period of the facility.
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