case Studies

Hamilton Farmers’ Market Roof and Skylight Restoration

Key Personnel
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Tania Krysa, P.Eng., LEED AP
Manager, Building Restoration | Burlington
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Project Overview

Located in the heart of the City’s downtown core and open year-round, Hamilton Farmers’ Market offers its visitors food, flowers and artisanal products from over 50 vendors. The market has been a staple in the community since it was established in 1837 and has evolved over the years into the sprawling tourist and shopping destination it is today.

The building that houses the market on York Street has several different roof levels and is also home to the Hamilton Central Public Library and other commercial space. Having reached the end of its lifecycle and showing signs of deterioration, made it necessary for the City of Hamilton to replace the roof and skylight in the affected areas.

MTE’s Involvement

With a goal of replacing the roof and skylight with a new, durable and energy-efficient solution, our Building Restoration team joined the project to provide engineering services for the design, tendering, construction review and contract administration.

The nature of this work presented several challenges, including the need to minimize disruption to the ongoing business operations in the building, as well as limited access. The team only could only enter through a single laneway, which was also used for shipping in and out of the facility. However, by scheduling work to be done outside of regular business hours and working with the surrounding organizations, our team was able to complete the project without impeding on the building’s operations and the market remained open throughout the entire process.

The result: Improved glazing on the new skylight allows more natural light into the market, and the new roof system provides a higher thermal resistance rating that will allow the City to manage their heating and cooling with improved energy efficiency.