Canadian Museum of History (formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization)
100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Québec

The Canadian Museum of History, which opened on June 29, 1989, covers 9.6 hectares with an approximately 100,000 square metre footprint. The Museum was designed to abstractly represent four natural features. The cantilevered structure of the curatorial building represents the Canadian Shield, the public display wing represents a receding glacier, the water flowing between the two wings represents the stream formed by the melting glaciers and the spacious plaza in front of the museum represents the Great Plains.

Fishburn Sheridan & Associates Ltd. (FSA) was engaged to conduct an evaluation of the construction and condition of the roof systems of the museum. The work of this project was to evaluate the current condition of the conventional, inverted, and copper roofs and skylights that cover the Canadian Museum of History, with reference to the original construction and previous evaluation and maintenance work.

FSA’s Role

Fishburn Sheridan and Associates conducted a detailed visual assessment of the condition of roof surfaces, delineation and analysis of visible deterioration, its causes and likely consequences. A series of roof openings were used to determine subsurface conditions, using the services of a qualified roofing contractor. Laboratory analysis was used to evaluate insulation and membrane characteristics. A thermographic survey of conventional roof areas was conducted. FSA performed a review of requirements and recommendations for a roofing fall arrest system. Finally, FSA prepared a detailed summary of maintenance requirements, repair and roof replacement projections and procedures, based on the information gained during the investigation.