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Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre out to tender

Excitement is growing for the Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre as the design and contract documents are now complete. The project has now gone out to tender, and is coming close to closing.

Throughout the drawing preparation process, the detailing and material selections have aimed to maintain the original ideas of functionality and programming flexibility. The gym will feature a fusion floor system of a polyurethane finish surface over a resilient system to allow for multipurpose activities as well as sports activities.  Folding acoustic walls separate a number of program rooms allowing spaces to double in size for those larger group activities yet acoustically separate the rooms when smaller functions require smaller spaces. Even the main reception desk has incorporated adjustable height work surfaces in consideration of ergonomics for each individual’s working style.

Check out the animation for the final design result on Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre’s project page.



CEI leading design of the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre

The District of North Vancouver has selected CEI Architecture as prime consultant for the design of the new William Griffin Community Recreation Centre. CEI will work with the District of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver Recreation Commission (NVRC) and project managers MHPM Project Managers Inc. on the facility.




Henderson Recreation Centre addition moves forward

After assisting the District of Oak Bay Department of Parks and Recreation to prepare documentation for a provincial grant application to fund an addition/renovation to Henderson Recreation Centre, CEI has been retained as architects for the project. The grant, which was announced in August, is part of a $30 million province-wide initiative to fund smaller-scale recreation infrastructure in communities outside the Lower Mainland.




Competitive Vantage: Vancouver Island Mountain Centre

Most people who’ve ever experienced Vancouver Island love its magical mix of mountains and ocean. Spectacular natural beauty helps define the entire region and it’s fitting that a new community centre now sits on the slopes of Mount Washington, at the edge of Strathcona Provincial Park.

The multi-million dollar Vancouver Island Mountain Centre was designed through collaboration between the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society and CEI Architecture. Its intent is to bring together the Island’s diverse communities to celebrate all things outdoors. The 8,000 square foot, two-storey multi-use facility serves a variety of user groups, particularly mountain sports athletes and coaches, school groups and educational faculties.

“The original idea was to design a facility around the energy of the Olympics,” says CEI partner Jim Aalders. “But the society also needed it to be flexible enough so that if a corporation or a school group wants to have an annual retreat or do a workshop there they could do that very comfortably.”

The prominent glass work throughout the facility provides blanket views across the oldest Provincial Park in British Columbia—from Paradise Meadows to the Elk River Mountains—and already makes the building one of the most recognizable on Mount Washington. In addition to dorm-style accommodation for up to 40 people, amenities include meeting and video rooms, training facilities for state-of-the-art fitness equipment, equipment storage, maintenance rooms, cooking facilities and a large dining room.

The Centre came to be because of dedicated volunteers from across professional spectrums. Although approximately $800,000 of the total budget came from the Western Economic Development fund, almost equal that amount came in the form donated in services, materials, and equipment, ensuring the Centre was eventually completed on time and on a modest budget of approximately $3 million.

In part the Centre is built to help the VIMSS generate revenue to support emerging athletes from across Vancouver Island. And with access to both the Nordic and alpine areas of Mount Washington ski resort literally at the building’s doorstep, there is plenty of interest and early demand. The building officially opened in early 2011 by hosting First Nations Snowboard Team coaches from across the province. According to the first guests, the Centre will serve visitors well at every turn.

“We will absolutely go back,” says Paul McIntyre, a lead coach for the team. “I really think that what sells it is the group area with the kitchen just off to the side and the great Hall with a fireplace at one end and the patio and view at the other. That is a great spot to get a fairly large group and it’s a very usable space and really feels comfortable.”

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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.