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Edmonds Community Centre wins IPC/IAKS Distinction


Edmonds Community Centre and Fred Randall Pool
has been honoured with an IPC/IAKS Distinction award from the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities.

129 projects from around the world competed for awards demonstrating excellence in sports, leisure, and recreational facilities. Overall, 31 projects were recognized at the Awards Gala which took place in Cologne, Germany on October 27th.

The IPC/IAKS Distinction award is aimed at increasing the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities in order to offer all people, regardless of their physical abilities, opportunities to practise and view sport without barriers. Four projects in the ‘Indoor facilities for sports, leisure, and recreation’ category were recognized with the ‘Distinction’ award. Edmonds joins other notable projects designed by MJMA, Zaha Hadid, and Herzog De Meuron.

Accessibility and inclusivity were key considerations for the architectural team during the design process of the facility. Adapted equipment and features were incorporated throughout Edmonds Community Centre to make recreation more accessible to people with physical disabilities. The ethnically diverse neighborhood demographic also impacted the design, as change room and shower spaces address differing cultural requirements for modesty and privacy.

The IAKS/IOC award adds to the recognition the community centre has received since its opening, including receiving the BC Recreation and Parks Association’s 2015 Facility Excellence Award.



Edmonds Community Centre awarded BCRPA Facility of the Year Award

Edmonds3Burnaby’s Edmonds Community Centre and Fred Randall Pool was honoured with the BC Recreation and Parks Association’s Facility of Excellence Award at this year’s annual Symposium which took place in Victoria on May 8.

The 95,000 square foot community centre is the fifth CEI-designed facility to be recognized by the provincial awards, joining other notable projects such as the Cloverdale Recreation Centre in Surrey and Coquitlam’s Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

Each year, the BCRPA recognizes outstanding programs, dedicated professionals, and innovative facilities that enhance the recreation, parks, and culture services sector. The full award list can be viewed here.

Congratulations to all the members of the project team on a job well done!



LED technology: A bright idea.

Athletic Business Magazine discussed the benefits of using LED lighting in pool facilities in their July issue and included CEI Architecture’s design of Edmonds Pool and Community Centre as a case study. 

Though LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures are about twice the price as incandescent bulbs initially, their superior efficiency and long-term return on investment has spiked popularity. Similarly, LED lights outlast traditional alternatives, cutting replacement and maintenance costs, while also providing new design opportunities.

“Usually what happens is you’re doing backstroke and you’re looking up at the ceiling, and if you have ceiling beams, that’s what people follow to stay inline,” says CEI’s Mary Chow. “We suggested that horizontal bars be dropped down and fitted with LED lights that run parallel to the lanes.” By eliminating the costs associated with changing overhead bulbs, swimmers will now follow an LED-lit path to the finish line.

CEI Architecture also utilized underwater colour-change LED lights in the lap pool, a fun feature to benefit the many youth programs scheduled for the Centre.




Edmonds Pool and Community Centre preparing to open

The Edmonds Pool and Community Centre is just weeks away from opening in Burnaby, BC. Residents of the community can look forward to amenities including a six-lane, 25-metre pool, leisure pool with zero beach entry, warm swim/therapy lanes, lazy river with two channels, double waterslide, modesty change spaces, and a series of innovative accessibility features. A community centre also features a 12,000 square foot twin gymnasium, fitness centre, a community kitchen, and multi-use and art rooms.




Consultant Spotlight: Water Technology Inc.

CEI Architecture is privileged to work with some of the best consultants around. Our new feature, “Consultant Spotlight” gives us a chance showcase the skills and experience they bring to CEI projects.

Our inaugural segment features Douglass Whiteaker, Principal of Water Technology Inc. of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Doug’s team is currently working with CEI on the nearly completed Edmonds Pool and Community Centre in Burnaby, BC, which is set to open in January, 2013. They are also about to begin work with us and Ron Fougere Architects on the Wedgwood Aquatics Centre in St. John’s Newfoundland.

We caught up with Doug at the end of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to chat about some of our current aquatics projects.




Southlands Community Centre joins our growing portfolio of Atlantic Canada Projects

CEI Architecture, in association with Ron Fougere Architects (RFA), is continuing to expand its portfolio of work in Atlantic Canada with the conceptual planning for the Southlands Community Centre. The Southlands community is on the outer edge of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and is predominantly new residences that are home to young families. The site is a newly developed green space with playing fields, with an outdoor playground and some parking. Residents are anxious for some form of enclosed community gathering and assembly space, but do not want to create a larger regional destination – Southlands Community Centre is intended to serve the needs of the local community and neighbourhood.




Edmonds Pool set to make a splash in 2012

This time next year the people of Burnaby will be celebrating the holidays pool side.

The $30 million Edmonds Pool and Community Centre broke ground earlier this year and remains on schedule and budget. That means the multi-use centre will be ready to host holiday functions of every sort next season.

“Everything is going really well and the community centre remains on track to be open late in 2012,” says Mark Hentze, partner at CEI Architecture. “It’s going to add a very fun and welcoming recreational facility for families in the City of Burnaby.”

The aquatics centre features a six-lane, 25-metre pool, a leisure pool, warm swim and therapy lanes, a lazy river with two channels, and double waterslides. The community centre also features a 12,000-square-foot twin gymnasium, as well as multi-purpose rooms, child minding spaces, spaces for seniors and youth, art rooms, a fitness studio, a fitness centre and a central atrium social space that becomes a community living room.

Edmonds Pool and Community Centre has been designed with the needs of its culturally diverse Burnaby community in mind. For example, the pool change rooms will adopt the current trend towards universal/family change spaces but still offer gender-specific spaces with a high degree of privacy.

“It’s really a very interesting place,” says Mark Hentze. “It’s one of the most diverse multi-cultural communities we’ve ever worked in. Some of the people who will use the centre have come to Canada from countries in which the notion of a public community and aquatics centre is an entirely new concept. We received a lot of input from design workshops and a large design charrette in which many community groups participated directly and they really contributed to the program and design. We listened to what people felt would strengthen the community and responded to that.”

The building sits between Richmond Park to the north and the urban edge of Edmonds Street to the south. It creates the classically Canadian condition of the urban meeting the suburban. It is aimed at remaining as energy conscious as possible and is currently pursuing LEED Silver certification.