The Bloedel Conservatory



One of the unique selling points of working in Rope Access is that you never know what kind of interesting location and spaces you will be asked to work in. Over the winter and spring, the team at Pacific Ropes have been working on the roof replacement at the Bloedel Conservatory located in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.

The Bloedel Conservatory with the signature dome glass roof is home to over 200 bird species and 500 exotic plants, all in a controlled climate so the ecosystem within can sustain and thrive. Since it’s opening in 1969, this is the first time the roof will be replaced and this is where rope access comes in.

Our team has been working on setting up anchors on the roof to ensure safety first and foremost as our primary initial task. Utilizing 7mm wire straps and fabric slings coupled with karabiner attachments around the main structural steel work of the dome, the rope access technicians then ascend to the roof to start the installation of the debris netting. The netting is sized, cut, and hauled to the roof to act in a controlled manner. The project is expected to complete in the fall and work is being performed in stages combining scaffolding, rope access, and glass glazing.

Stay tuned for photos of the completed project.