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Commercial Roofing Portfolio

IKO Industries has a number of remarkable projects in its commercial roofing portfolio. To showcase our global projects, we are featuring some of our most interesting roofs throughout the world in this and future installments of the blog. From Ontario to British Columbia, here are some great Canadian projects and what makes them outstanding:

Kings College Student Life Centre – London ON

The Darryl J. King Student Life Centre at Kings College in London, ON is at the southwestern edge of the Ontario province. This highly aesthetic and functional facility at the heart of Western University’s campus was designed by Perkins+Will and built by K & L Construction. The King Centre is a 38,093 sq ft. (3,539 m) two-story multi-purpose center, incorporating a variety of spaces created to serve students. These spaces include meeting rooms, a café, learning lounge areas, a 490-seat auditorium, a fitness center, a game room and classrooms. Total cost of the project was $14.7 million.

The roofing system portion of the project was completed in three phases over the course of 18 months. “Our biggest challenge was accessing the library roof area and working around the building occupants while the project was in progress,” said IKO Contractor Jim Bullock, President, Bullock & Sons Roofing. “Space was limited, so we had to build a special scaffold platform to work from so we’d be away from doors and building access.”

Work began with a re-roof of the 11,000 sq. ft. (1,023 m) library, completed in spring 2012. The second phase was the installation of a new 16,000 sq. ft. (1,486 m) roof for the addition to the Student Life Centre. In the third and final phase, a 2,700 sq. ft. (251 m) LiveRoof™ vegetative roof was installed on top of a section of the completed IKO roof assembly membrane and cap sheet. This was Bullock & Sons first project with LiveRoof.

The complete IKO roofing system solution includes a Torchflex ArmourCool Granular Roofing System, which delivered two key benefits: superior weather protection and a highly reflective surface. In this system, IKO integrates the proven long-term performance of an SBS

Cap Sheet with a specially designed granule on top to reflect solar radiation. ArmourCool Granular exceeds the reflectivity requirements established by LEED SS7.2, delivering the necessary performance and helping preserve the environment.

“We chose ArmourCool since the client was looking for a durable and reflective roof,” commented Bullock. “We’re really proud of our IKO ArmourCool Roof System on this beautiful Kings College facility.”

Canadian Museum of Human Rights – Winnipeg, MB

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) was the dream of the late philanthropist Israel Asper, founder of CanWest Global Communications Corporation. The CMHR is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. The museum’s goal is to build not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but a new era of global human rights leadership.

Creating inspiring encounters with human rights, the museum’s goal is to engage Canadians and international visitors in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others. Visitors are welcomed as partners on a journey to erase barriers and create meaningful, lasting change.

Established by Parliament through amendments to the Museums Act on March 13, 2008, the CMHR was designed as a national and international destination – a center of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to acting against hate and oppression.1

The project was a joint venture of Canadian municipal, provincial and national governments as well as The Asper Foundation, who spearheaded the initiative and obtained generous private funding. Completed in 2013, this challenging three-year roofing project had three sections: Section 1 – the base, featuring vegetative (green) roofing; Section 2 – the “Cloud,” a wrapped section, which includes the glass tower; and Section 3 – the “Mountain.”

According to Oakwood Roofing Project Manager Greg Groenheide, “A modified bitumen roofing system was specified for the roof but we worked with the specifier on some adaptations. Our changes were designed to make the project more user-friendly and easier to install, and we chose an IKO modified bitumen roofing system.” Oakwood was responsible for sections two and three. “The Cloud section was by far the most challenging,” shared Groenheide. The CMHR has an IKO 10-year Diamond Shield warranty.

1CMHR background information obtained from https://humanrights.ca

Sea to Sky Gondola – Squamish, BC

The Sea to Sky Gondola became an instant landmark destination in Squamish, British Columbia when it opened in May 2014. Under construction for over a year, the $22-million project provides year-round access to hiking trails, interpretive walks, panoramic views and the 9,000 sq. ft. Summit Lodge where guests can enjoy self-serve dining and local Squamish food and beverage.

The summit building was constructed and roofed during the winter of 2013-2014. The access road was a steep, single-lane logging road. IKO products were shipped on a flat bed truck and then pulled uphill by heavy equipment to reach the access site.

IKO SBS products were used on each of the project’s low slope roof buildings, including the mechanical building, ticket booths and reception, office and café areas. The summit building has a full-sloped EPS package along with IKO MVP and IKOThermTMII, for an R-28 rating in this mountain top zone. Garibaldi roofing uses IKO materials on the majority of its contracted work and has been very happy with IKO’s products, their application and technical support. 

Why Spec IKO?

As pioneers in products and systems for roofing, building envelope, insulation and waterproofing, IKO is a global leader in the manufacture and supply of asphaltic commercial roofing products, with facilities strategically located throughout North America and Europe.

North America – In Canada, IKO’s Corporate Headquarters is in Toronto, Ontario. Twelve manufacturing plants and facilities currently supply IKO finished goods and raw materials throughout Canada. IKO’s U.S. corporate headquarters is in Wilmington, Delaware, with eight manufacturing plants and raw material facilities currently throughout the country.

Europe – IKO’s European Corporate Headquarters and Centre of Excellence are located in Antwerp, Belgium. Multiple manufacturing and sales sites are located throughout Europe – in Belgium, England, France, Holland and Slovakia, all open to service local customer needs.


From modified bitumen systems and built-up roofing to insulation and waterproofing membrane products, IKO continues to innovate and grow, remaining vertically integrated from top to bottom. Many IKO products are available for a variety of applications, making them adaptable and easy to use. The IKO line of roofing and waterproofing membranes provide a variety of effective roofing and building envelope solutions, including the versatile Protectoboard Asphaltic Cover Board.


IKO manufacturing plants are located for access to easy distribution. Relationships with distributors throughout North America and Europe make it is easy for contractors to do business with IKO. Distributors carry the full line of IKO roofing, building envelope, insulation and waterproofing products and accessories. IKO has contractors, distributors and specifiers covered for many needs, both on and off the roof.


As a worldwide manufacturer, IKO offers online technical information and supporting documents for an entire line of commercial roofing, building envelope and waterproofing products. From application guides to specific technical data about membranes, accessories, insulation and adhesives, IKO stands ready to provide customers with all the information they need to do the job well.

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