William Griffin Recreation Centre in North Vancouver moving forward
The design of the new William Griffin Recreation Centre, in North Vancouver, continues to earn strong support from council members and the local community. At a recent development permit reading, the District of North Vancouver council voted unanimously in support of the project’s design and direction.
The CEI-designed facility will include a 25-metre lap pool, leisure swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, and seniors’ and preschool spaces. The facility is expected to open in 2016.
Among the most striking features of the design are exposed, two-storey structural glulam columns that form the main circulation spine, starting from a spacious main lobby and public entry area.
The new weight room and fitness will be full of light, with a two-storey south-facing window facing onto William Griffin Field and a trail system beyond.
According to an article in the North Shore News, Councilor Alan Nixon praised the project, saying, “I think the architects, from what I can see… have done an exceptional job in creating a building we’ll all be very, very proud of.”
Mayor Richard Walton agreed, saying, “I can’t wait to get this beautiful building opened.”