Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch. LEED AP
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

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West Vancouver Aquatic and Fitness Centre

Hughes, Condon, Marler Architects

West Vancouver, British Columbia

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Project Information:
The West Vancouver Civic Centre redevelopment integrates existing recreational facilities and provides a community focus for West Vancouver based on sustainable design principles.

A new town square with parking below forms the heart of a project that links an existing Ice Arena, Community Centre and Seniors’ Centre with an expanded Aquatic Centre. In addition, the $5 million project uses new pedestrian pathways, site lighting, street furniture and landscaping to link and unify the existing buildings on site with one another and with the surrounding neighbourhood.

Buildings are also linked by an extensive new centralized mechanical system which utilizes geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings using a sustainable energy source. From the centralized plant heat can be transferred between buildings to where it is required. For example, waste heat from ice-making equipment in the ice arena is transferred for use in the swimming pool.

The project received a 2005 AIBC Architectural Award in the “LG” (Lieutenant Governor of BC) Merit Category. The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture was established to recognize excellence and innovation in completed architectural projects by AIBC members. The LG jury included leading architects, developers and engineers of British Columbia. Projects are judged on how effectively they address principles of design program, context, budget, schedule and sustainability.

Landscape architecture was designed by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg.

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Access path from street to main swimming pool.
Detail of planting beside building.

View up main front facade of large roof overhang to assist with shading.
View along front wall of main swimming pool.

View of seating and planting in front of main swimming pool.
Corner detail of roof showing large overhang on south facade versus treatment of east facade adjacent.
Patrons entrance to complex.
Rear of building -- workout space on second floor.
Inside main lobby looking towards roof and shading on east facing windows.
View from lobby into smaller pool.
View across smaller pool with workout spaces overlooking on second floor.
View of daylighting into upper area of pool.
Back and front views of the sloped roof over the smaller pool.
Inside the main pool with slide.
View from common area between pools towards main pool and whirlpool.
Inside main pool looking towards artful shading on south wall.
View of whirlpool.
One of the main glulam structural supports in the main pool.
View looking up at the steel structure that suspends the acrylic slide from the roof structure of the main pool.

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last updated June 3, 2005