Cloverdale Recreation Centre


Dynamic design.

The Cloverdale Recreation Centre was the first public amenity building developed under the 2006 master plan for the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, B.C. This city-owned, 12-block parcel is home to the Cloverdale Rodeo and several other public facilities.

The building’s massing concept was developed in response to the City’s desire for a high impact building with an expressive use of wood and the need to be economical. A uniform wooden beam shape was developed that could be connected in different orientations. This system resulted in a building that provides dramatic interior spaces and gives the facility a striking, wave-like exterior that evokes motion and movement—appropriate for a recreation facility. An elliptical glazed entry creates a focal point that helps to separate the building’s human-scale eastern elevations from the north and west elevations, which face the highway.

After an extensive community consultation process, we developed a design that emphasizes interconnectivity of spaces and functional requirements for a range of users. The program features a twin gymnasium, a 10,000 square foot fitness centre, multi-purpose rooms, and spaces dedicated to seniors, child-minding and youth programs. The result is a family-friendly facility that will evolve with the dynamic growth of the Cloverdale community.

Project Cost



65,000 sq ft


Jan 2011

Sustainable Features

  • Pursued Green Globes sustainable design process
  • Roof-wall covering limits direct southern sunlight, enables early northern light to permeate
  • Wrapped roof skin increases R-value, mitigating heat loss
  • Low-emissivity roofing reduces excessive light absorption
  • Wood used as a primary building material for beams


Facility Excellence Award, 2012

British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association

Award of Merit, Community Institutional, 2012

Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

“The new Cloverdale Recreation Centre is a much-needed addition to the growing Cloverdale community, where many young families are choosing to call home.”

Dianne Watts

Mayor, City of Surrey


City of Surrey


Surrey, BC


Recreation & Community