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Toronto Drywall Contractor Wins International Recognition for Role in Maple Leaf Gardens Restoration


Capital Drywall Systems’ project selected to represent Canada in Saint-Gobain Gypsum international competition this June in Berlin

(Mississauga, Ont.) – A project by Capital Drywall Systems, Ltd., has been selected as the Canadian winner in the Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Competition for its exemplary use of CertainTeed Gypsum products in a recent conversion of Toronto’s historic Maple Leaf Gardens. The Toronto contractor is one of only two companies selected to represent North America at the Ninth Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards ceremony this June in Berlin.

“The Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy is a great way to show our appreciation and respect for talented building professional partners who have demonstrated creative and exceptional uses of our gypsum products in recent projects,” says Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “Capital Drywall Systems stood out to us for its integral role in converting the iconic former home of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey into a vibrant mixed-use sports-retail development. The contractor’s wall and ceiling work on the project helped breathe new life into this historic facility for the enjoyment of Ryerson students, varsity athletes and the local community.”

The Ryerson University Sports & Recreation Centre project involved the adaptive restoration of Maple Leaf Gardens—constructed in 1931 and in continuous use until 1999. The original interior was completely replaced with new floor levels to accommodate Loblaw’s flagship grocery store at street level and Ryerson University’s student athletic center on the second floor, named the Mattamy Athletic Centre. A new ice rink was installed on the top floor, 100 feet above the original arena roof. New interior space created by Capital Drywall Systems combined with extensive restoration work helped maintain a link to the building’s remarkable history. The project utilized a variety of CertainTeed products, including: M2Tech® Type X Moisture & Mould Resistant Gypsum Board; M2Tech Extra Abuse MMR & Abuse Resistant Gypsum Board; and CertainTeed Interior Ceiling Gypsum Board.

“Our experienced team at Capital Drywall accepted the challenge of working on a very special project and we are pleased to partner with CertainTeed and their quality products to contribute to a new, revitalized space that everyone can be proud of,” says Francesco Panaia, vice president & treasurer of Capital Drywall Systems.

Awarded every two years, the Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy recognizes excellence in design, drywall installation and finishing. The competition judges building professionals for their gypsum-related skills in the following categories: Gypsum Board Craftsmanship and Design; Finishing Application; Innovation; Residential; Mixed Use – Commercial (including Hospitality and Retail); and Sector Specific – Hospitals, Hotels and Educational Institutions. This year’s winning projects and a brief video showcasing the event can be viewed at

Capital Drywall Systems, based in Toronto, is a leading interior drywalling company in Canada that specializes in complete interior construction for a wide range of projects that include housing, hospitals and similar institutions, government buildings requiring specialized construction techniques, condominiums, among other high profile builds. The company owners are hands-on, at job-sites everyday to share their combined 35 years of construction experience with their crew of 150 professional builders, related tradespeople, general contractors and customers.
Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects. For more information, go to

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For five consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2013.