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March 2, 2018

Apartment building construction project turning heads in Charlottetown

A construction site in Charlottetown is turning heads for its unique approach to building an apartment building.

There’s a roof — but no walls — on what will be a four-storey building on Malpeque Road.

Workers are building the roof on the ground first, then they’ll cut it into sections and use a crane to hoist it into place after the walls go up.

It’s one of only a handful of buildings in the province that have been built roof-first, according to Engineers P.E.I.

The owner, Bill McInnis, said the sight of a roof on the ground is making a lot of people curious.

“We’ve had a lot of people stop, wondering how the heck we got a roof before we have the walls,” he said.

One of the main reasons for building it on the ground is for safety in the winter conditions, McInnis said.

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