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Ontario Food Terminal Uses Polycarbonate Multi-wall Glazing Panels As Lightweight Solution

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Ontario Food Terminal Uses Polycarbonate Multi-wall Glazing Panels As Lightweight Solution

The Ontario Food Terminal has been at the  forefront of Ontario’s “buy local” movement since 1954.  It is a “stock market” of sorts between local producers and the myriad of restaurants, independent & chain supermarkets, farm gate markets, florists, garden centers, landscapers, convenience stores and institutions. According to its website, the terminal is the largest wholesale fruit and produce distribution center in Canada and the third largest in North America. In 2013, it moved over 5.5 million pounds of food per day. In an effort to improve both aesthetics and functionality, the facility required a glazing solution to protect people and produce, alike, from the elements when using a central aisle pick-up zone.

 

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The Material

 

Plas-tech Polycarbonate Multi-wall Glazing Panels

 

The Location

 

The facility is a square-ring design with the wholesale vendors inside. Larger vehicles can pull up to the loading docks, directly, and smaller ones park along a covered aisle where they can load and unload.

 

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Environmental Challenges

 

Due to the open nature of the market, sun, rain and birds can have negative effects on both the patrons and the produce. Light is also an issue – if one is covering up a common area then light has to be replaced to ensure a safe work place.  And, of course, snow load during the winter is another concern.

 

Technical Challenges

 

Beyond the need to keep installation and maintenance costs in check, plastic glazing offered a lightweight solution that minimized the underlying structural requirements.

 

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A custom gasket system was put in place which allowed the panels to be joined over a large distance.