Profile: Airport hotel utilizes new construction method featuring spray foam
A new hotel at Edmonton's international airport features a form of construction - featuring spray foam insulation - new to Canada allowing contractors to work through winter without significant delay to the construction schedule. The eight-storey, 213-room hotel features include a restaurant, gym, pool, meeting and banquet facilties as well as a heated pedway to connect to the airport terminal. The airport's management believes that the new hotel is an excellent local example of environmental sustainability and energy conservation.
With its harsh winters and below-freezing temperatures, Edmonton-based builders are typically challenged when building a high rise structure. Builders have to battle against freezing materials as well as mounting snow which can normally delay the construction schedule until milder conditions arrive.
To combat the weather challenge, the project features a form of construction believed to be new to Canada - a lightweight precast concrete panel wall system that features steel studs cast into the back. The design of the wall system allowed the local Icynene contractor to apply Icynene medium-density spray foam insulation off-site. Upon completion, each of the all-in-one units are shipped out to the jobsite. The design of the lightweight panels allowed builders to install the work of three separate trades in a fraction of the time usually required.
Icynene’s medium-density spray foam insulation offers a range of benefits ideal for the Canadian climate. As rigid medium-density spray foam, Icynene MD-C-200 can provide the ability to reject bulk water. As an air barrier and insulation material, MD-C-200 provides thermal comfort year round, regardless of climate and supports improved indoor air quality by blocking air infiltration and mass transfer of moisture that may cause mould, an ideal trait for hotel guests.