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October 27, 2017 4:50 pm

Doing the Dome

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 @ 5:59 AM

Admiral Roofing  workers Blake Goldie,  and Matt Aikens,  place  copper panels on the Courthouse Dome- photo submitted

Prince George, B.C. –  It won’t be long before the Prince George Courthouse  has a new  copper dome.

The roof  replacement project  has been underway   for a few months,   and now is down to the  installation of new copper panels on the dome.    The previous  copper cladding  was  a thin,  foil  which was at the  end of its expected lifespan.

The new  panels are thicker,  and have been sourced from Finland.

This particular  copper panel  has  a “pre-patina”   meaning it is already  showing  the  impact of oxidization,  and as all copper  roofing, will, over time,   be turning  a muted green.

The new roof project ,  being installed by  Admiral Roofing of Prince George, has a cost of  about $300 thousand dollars,  and the dome’s new  copper cladding  is expected to have a life span of about 50 years.

The  project is expected to be completed by the end of this month.



If memory serves me correctly this is what was supposed to happen in the first place. The roof was to eventually turn green after being in the weather.

    How old is that building ? 20 years or less ?

      construction began in 1994 …. completion 1996 …. The roofing may have been installed in 1995 …. so 22 years we have to replace what is likely a composite copper protected roof……

      I ask the same question …. WHY?

      And the scaffolding sat there for almost a year by now with no activity all winter, of course.

    Green patina yes, metal roof disintegrate in 2 decades definitely not.

300,000 dollars for the courthouse dome? These buildings do not need to be palaces.

    I show this building to visitors and tell them it is the Capitol Building for Northern BC.

    Capitol Buildings are always expensive.

    The I show them the RCMP building and tell them it is the Performing Arts Centre for Northern BC.

    Government and culture need iconic buildings to make people proud…..;-)

      Love it.

      Show them the Crossroads Brewhouse and the university!

      THAT is too funny. Now, if some of that oxidation can land on a few choice lawyers heads………..

If they had used the proper copper the roof would have lasted another quarter century! Looks like the government of the day used the cheapest stuff it could find to save money!

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