I've just read a couple of stories about the collapse of the roof of BC Place in Vancouver.  The wind caught a small tear, which became a large tear, forcing BC Place staff to deflate the roof.  It's now a soggy mess, slowly filling up with rain and sleet.  Very embarrassing since the stadium is supposed to be a showcase for the Winter Olympics in 2010.

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8 Responses to Oops!

  1. Roewan says:

    Ah, they'll fix it pretty quick. They have paying customers this month who will want to be indoors out of the rain. Apparently the company that suppled the roof in the first place is already preparing to put a replacement piece on a truck bound for Vancouver.
    Weather (as you may have guessed from the ripped roof) is really nasty today. Snow, sleet, pouring rain and right now it's so windy that I can hear the windows just behind me vibrate with the gusts.

  2. Janette says:

    Ah, so no permanent damage, just some temporarily red faces among the staff…..Vancouver weather, gotta love it this winter. I had 7 winters in Vancouver – this 8th one is the worst by several orders of magnitude. Just weird.

  3. Roewan says:

    Oops again. They found more rips. Manufacturer is sending someone to have a closer look on Monday which also happens to be the roof's 23 birthday. Manufacturer's predicted roof lifespan is 25 years.

  4. Janette says:

    Oops indeed – sounds like things might just cascade (no puns intended!) until they find themselves replacing the whole roof.

  5. Hi I really like your photo of BC Place Popping. I also have photos of trees that fallen during the big storm in Vancovuer Brian

  6. Janette says:

    Thanks! It's not my photo though – I "borrowed" it from a newspaper online. I checked out your photos -the pictures of Spanish Banks post-storm are great – all those huge trees lying around. The weather has just been crazy in Vancouver this winter. Down in here in the perpetual summer of Costa Rica, it's hard to imagine what it's like. And I just read that there was another wind storm today which did more damage to Stanley Park and forced BC Place staff to abandon their attempts to fix the leaks in their roof.

  7. Roewan says:

    Oops, oops and oops again. Every day the news gets worse. Replacement panel for roof is late plus it's just a temporary panel. Permanent one needs to be constructed from scratch. Also, looks like another panel needs to be replaced. Building maintenance and engineering staff are interviewed on the supper-hour TV news looking embarrassed and harassed as the deflated roof flaps in the wind behind them. They need help from the fire department to access some portions of the roof. Large holes stream water into the building. Dodgy explanations that change from one day to the next are given in response to amateur video footage of the roof ripping, bulging up and then sagging down.
    It doesn't look good!
    I think the higher ups at BC Place may wish, in hindsight, they had attended a few crisis management and media communication seminars…

  8. Janette says:

    Oops indeed!!! It's kind of funny really – unless you're one of the higher ups of course. I bet they're all tearing their hair out right about now.

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