The charrette process at work at Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre
In 2011 CEI teamed with Ron Fougere Architects of St. John’s to complete the planning and conceptual design phase for the St. John’s Wellness Centre, a partnership between the City of St. John’s, the Province, and Sport Newfoundland. The project included an aquatic centre, 200 metre indoor banked track, gymnasiums, and a number of multi-use community and studio rooms. The Wellness Centre was designed using CEI’s highly successful collaborative design charrette process.
The Wellness Centre was, in fact, the City’s second priority for replacing its existing recreation infrastructure. In early 2012 the City concluded that the Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre remained its priority replacement project and they re-engaged CEI and Ron Fougere Associates to move that project forward. Again, a collaborative design charrette process was used to develop an exciting concept which is currently in design. The replacement facility, which is located within Wedgewood Park, will allow for the existing facility to continue to operate during construction. It will include a six lane 25 metre pool and a separate leisure pool, gymnasium, youth centre, seniors centre, fitness studio, and multi-purpose rooms. CEI will be in St. John’s again at the end of April as design development proceeds with the City’s team.