Moisture control for indoor ski parks|Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 6 of 6

May 30, 2009
Publication: Building Design & Construction
Author(s): Sean OBrien

Online content only|Abstract: The five articles that precede this article discussed the unique design parameters associated with high humidity and low temperature buildings such as swimming pools and ice rinks. These buildings are much less common than offices, condominiums, or retail spaces, but the design strategies required to make these buildings function properly are well understood and thoroughly documented within the design community and building industry. Problems in these buildings typically stem from designers' lack of awareness and training rather than from the lack of collective knowledge and experience within the fields of architecture and engineering.|Pushing the limits of design challenges, one could imagine a building type with which only a handful of designers have experience; one with extreme interior conditions unlike anything found in typical or even atypical buildings. Perhaps a building where it rains on the inside as well as on the outside. Such a building does exist, although the interior precipitation turns out to be snow instead of rain - an indoor snow park.