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Birdair ready to raise roof on 2022 World Cup

Qatar won’t host the World Cup for another seven years, but Birdair is already thinking about it.

A subsidiary of the Amherst-based company, Taiyo Middle East, was chosen to design, make, supply and install a membrane roofing system for the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium in the Persian Gulf nation.

That stadium is expected to host a number of World Cup matches through the quarterfinals of the 2022 tournament. The World Cup is held every four years.

Birdair is no stranger to the World Cup. The company provided roofs for three of the stadiums where matches were played in the 2014 edition in Brazil, and handled roofing work on three stadiums for the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Khalifa International Stadium was built in 1976 and received an upgrade in 1992. The stadium underwent another renovation in the early 2000s, when Birdair was chosen to design and supply the roof system.

For the upcoming project, one of the concerns was using products that could withstand the intense heat of the sun in the Middle East. The tournament will be played in November and December, in part to avoid the summer heat.

Birdair has been part of the Japan-based Taiyo Kogyo Corp. architectural firm since 1992. Birdair’s corporate offices are in Amherst but its manufacturing operations are outside the United States. Birdair is known for high-profile work like stadiums where Super Bowls and international tournaments are played, but it also handles many smaller-scale projects, like bus shelters and amphitheaters.