Located in John Hendry Park in east Vancouver, this ice rink was the first phase in the replacement of an aging community centre facility. The rink served as a practice facility for competitors who participated in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and opened for public use after the Games. The building is sited at the foot of an east-facing slope, between the park edge and Trout Lake. As the design of the ice rink was in progress at the time of a severe winter storm which blew down a significant number of trees in Stanley Park, the owner and design team made all efforts to use the wood from the fallen trees in the construction of this community building. The Trout Lake Ice Rink is certified LEED® Silver.
A central longitudinal steel arch supports Douglas-fir glue-laminated timber (glulam) beams that span across the arena from concrete columns at the exterior wall locations. The glulam beams support structural steel decking. Suspended wood ceilings made entirely from storm felled Stanley Park Douglas-fir are a prominent feature in the skaters’ lounge and hallway.
We chose the glulam beams to provide a contemporary west coast look and reflect current local construction practices.Vancouver
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Located in John Hendry Park in east Vancouver, this ice rink was the first phase in the replacement of an aging community centre facility. The rink served as a practice facility for competitors who participated in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and opened for public use after the Games.
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