A Newsworthy Roof-Raising

Sept. 24, 2019

A 22-year renovation of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, was completed recently as workers finished their efforts replacing the 1894 structure’s massive roof. Designers with Vancouver’s Proscenium Architecture & Interiors, Inc., opted for standing-seam zinc for the complicated project, which required extensive detailing to address a large number of pitch changes and other transitions. Finished in a traditional prePATINA blue-grey color, the new roof complements the building’s natural stone façade.

According to architect Hugh Cochlin of Procenium, details were all drawn by hand. “That’s definitely old school, but particularly appropriate for a heritage project. There was definitely more collaboration than is the norm.” Cochlin continued regarding the product selection, “We gravitated to zinc pretty early in the process. We wanted a durable material that would last forever.”

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