Published: April 10, 2012
Government officials in La Paz, Bolivia are modernizing Piscina Olympica, an aquatic facility that was originally built for the 1977 Bolivarian Games. The Piscina Olympica’s eyecatching, concave roof will be updated from PVC to PTFE, a Teflon®-coated woven fiberglass membrane.
Birdair, Inc. was awarded the Piscina Olympica roofing subcontract to remove the existing roof, install the new perimeter clamping and to install the PTFE roof. The aquatic facility features an Olympic-sized lap pool and spectator grandstand that will be topped by approximately 73,700 square feet of PTFE fiberglass membrane.
The PTFE fiberglass roof will facilitate daylighting and airflow for Piscina Olympica. The increased natural light from the transparent PTFE material will reduce energy consumption during the day. This will maximize the comfort for athletes and spectators while providing protection from inclement weather. The roof replacement will allow the facility to maintain its unrestricted sight lines and open-air atmosphere.
“The white PTFE fiberglass membrane will not only provide a distinctive look for Piscina Olympica, but will also maintain its brilliance over time with a high level of resistance to staining, soiling and moisture,” says Hector Perez, business development manager for Birdair.
In addition to Birdair, the project team includes owner Gobierno Autonomo Departmental de La Paz, location and general contractor Empresa Constructora Tauro SRL, La Paz, Bolivia.
As a full-service specialty contractor, Birdair offers complete design-build solutions, and has completed more than 1,200 tensile architecture installations worldwide. Learn more at www.birdair.com.
Teflon® is a registered trademark of E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Delaware.
Download PDF Version: 2012-04-10_Piscina_Olympica.pdf
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
About Birdair: Birdair, Inc. is the leading specialty contractor of custom tensile structures throughout the world. In addition to pre-construction services such as design assistance, budgeting, construction methodologies and project scheduling, Birdair provides design-build solutions in all aspects of project design, engineering, installation and maintenance. The company offers a selection of architectural fabric membranes, including PTFE fiberglass, ETFE film, PVC and Tensotherm™. Birdair, based in Buffalo, NY, is a member of the Taiyo Kogyo Group, with operations serving North and South America and other international locations. For more information about Birdair, like us on Facebook, call 1-800-622-2246 or visit www.birdair.com.