An Open Framework
This robust centre provides users two main types of programming: the first is a swimming area, complete with a leisure pool, a competition pool and water slides. The second is a fitness area, which provides several amenities to its users, including an elevated running track around its perimeter, as well as squash courts. The 235,000 sqft recreation facility located in Grande Prairie, Alberta was completed in 2011.
Structurally, the building features cast-in-place concrete foundations, supporting steel beams and columns which uphold large steel trusses with generous spans which were needed to meet the architectural intent. These trusses can be seen throughout the building and are subject to a wide variety of conditions, ranging from the corrosive environment of the swimming area to larger loads exerted on them by some rooftop units. These varied structural loading conditions as well as the requirements to incorporate specific mechanical equipment into the structure while minimizing interaction with structural components provided a challenge that the project team was able to meet and overcome, providing a framework that continues to serve the community well.
Careful coordination and adherence to a strict schedule were necessary to bring this project in on-time and on-budget, especially considering the relatively remote location and labour availability in northern Alberta at the time.