Located at the centre of the fastest growing community within B.C.’s fastest growing municipality, this new facility is designed to accommodate both international swim meets and a wide variety of water-related community activities. The aquatic centre, with its dramatic suspended roof form, is the first project to be completed on the ‘super block’ that is destined to become a regional campus of health, wellness and sports excellence. In addition to its natatorium which houses a competition-sized lap pool and a leisure pool – both overlooked from the main lobby – the complex includes two hot pools, a sauna, fitness centre and poolside cafe.
Wood was chosen for the roof structure as it met several important design considerations, both architectural and structural. Wood structures have a proven track record in high humidity environments, as glue laminated (glulam) beam roof systems have often been used in aquatic facilities for their resistance to warping due to moisture. The natural appearance of wood also lends a warm atmosphere to facilities that, of necessity, have large areas of hard, impervious surfaces. For the suspended roof at Grandview Heights, glulam beams also offered the required tensile capacity, self weight and inherent stiffness required to resists wind uplift, when compared to the commonly used steel cable system.
Located seventy kilometres east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School features wood as part of a major rehabilitation and replacement project.
School principal Rob Comeau talks about why wood is good for schools
For many, urban community and recreation centres are becoming a home away from home. Showcasing the beauty of wood, British Columbia (B.C.) forest products from sustainably managed forests are being used to help make these important facilities feel warm and inviting, enhancing well-being.
This 8,825-square-metre aquatic centre in the heart of Surrey looks ready to take flight, with catenary, undulating, glue-laminated timber cables that swoop skyward.
Read this interview with Scott Groves, who oversees design, construction, and operations of all civic facilities in Surrey, and find out how the province’s fastest-growing city is winning with wood.
Commercial and industrial buildings are incorporating more wood into their construction. Along with the strength needed to last in heavy duty applications, wood has its own unique advantages.