National Gallery of Canada Asks RoseSun’s Automated Experts to Assist in Renovation
This year’s renovation efforts at the National Gallery of Canada delineated the replacement of 1,500 windows and the modernization of The Great Hall’s motorized shade system. RoseSun Window Coverings, of Toronto was asked to accept the motorized shade contract when it became evident that bidding contractors lacked the technical expertise to incorporate modern motorization into the restoration.
Ottawa (PRWEB) January 09, 2014
RoseSun Window Coverings has a reputation for sober-minded engineering and precision installation. Since they have tackled some of Toronto’s largest motorization projects and are well-versed at managing and evaluating large-scale perimeters, they were the appropriate choice to modernize the motorized shade system at The National Gallery of Canada.
At the crux of the project’s logistics was the necessity of maintaining climate control. The same leaks that accelerated the renovation schedule had over-taxed the delicate balance between air pressure and temperature control pertinent to art preservation. Gallery officials were deeply concerned that these conditions, if not well managed during construction, could deteriorate even further.
With an innovative and artistic flair, The Gallery’s solution was to procure the services of Greenlandic artist Inuk Silis Høegh. His artistic covering, entitled Iluliaq, [Iceberg], emulated a melting iceberg replete with the sounds of cracking ice and flowing water. While it eloquently served the purpose of protecting The Great Hall from the elements, it also camouflaged the unsightly effects of ongoing construction that might otherwise deter patrons from visiting.
For both the Gallery and RoseSun Window Coverings, aesthetics were as important as engineering considerations. Although there is no doubt that current methodologies can readily achieve the notable goals of increased longevity and improved performance; remaining true to Architect Moshe Safdie’s original intent that The Great Hall should be seen as a vortex bathed in vibrant light was imperative. The fabrics would have to be chosen carefully. In the end, UV sunscreen fabrics with 10% openness were conscripted. The next step was to remake each panel; an exacting process that would preserve the design and scope of the building’s legacy.
It took slightly more than two months to build the massive staging necessary to reach the cables, motors, and sails RoseSun Window Coverings would ultimately restore. Their criteria was to replace plastic components with steel counterparts; and to supplant the twenty-year-old motors with modern technology and high-performance cables. When all four adjustments are complete, (estimated to occur at the end of January), RoseSun will have installed 32 new motors, 80 new cables, (enhanced by 32 safety cables), and a total of 80 sunscreen sails, the largest of which spans 3 stories in height.
It is to RoseSun’s credit that they assimilated both old and new technologies into a system that will quietly and efficiently operate each sail without complaint or stalls; but even more impressive is RoseSun’s ability to execute a project of this scope and size with such eloquence. They deserve accolades for their careful implementation of goals, their attention to safety, and their ability to make the process seem effortless and melodic.
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