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Commonwealth Air Museum Remodels with Insulspan SIPs

August 5, 2013

Insulspan SIPS CanadaMuseum uses modern technology to complete authentic period building

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan (CATP) Museum undertook the renovation of an authentic “H-Hut” building that housed Royal Canadian Air Force trainees at the numerous CATP facilities throughout Canada during the Second World War. But this was no ordinary renovation. Sections of the large


H-shaped building were transported over 20 miles from Canadian Forces Base Shilo to the museum site in Brandon, MB. The center section of the building would have to be built from the ground up, as historically accurate as possible, using the museum’s volunteer labor force.

CATP turned to Insulspan Structural Insulating Panels (SIPs) to construct the 70-ft by 40-ft structure. Authorized Dealer Greenway Building Systems, based in Brandon, MB, provided the SIPs, and was responsible for the tricky task of connecting the building to two existing structures.

“Working with Insulspan, the SIPs provided are an engineered system,” said local construction company owner. “We were able to size and measure the panels so that we could tie the three structures together with engineering and very low tolerances. When the SIPs show up, we just put them together.”

Insulspan’s Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) system made it easy for untrained volunteers to assemble the building with far less labor than conventional framing.

“Having something ready-to-assemble really appealed to the volunteer base,” said Blanchard.

Construction crews detailed the new building with authentic period finishes, even custom fabricating air vents to match the original. However, these details rest on an Insulspan SIP system that provides the exceptional insulation and energy efficiency of a modern structure. The new H-Hut will house model barracks and a flight simulator that will be open to the public, as well as the CATP Museum’s archives.

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