Banff Fenlands Recreation Centre Redevelopment

Banff, AB

Originally built in 1958, the Banff Recreation Centre was in need of improvements. In the role of Engineer of Record, the buildings engineering team of Cascade Engineering Group (now part of ISL) worked with GEC Architecture to provide schematic design, concept and detailed design, contract documents and specifications, construction reviews and coordination.

Design Elements

The building was constructed using timber trusses, engineered wood products, concrete foundations, recycled wood products and existing building ties. New construction needed to tie into the existing recreation centre building, and the building also needed to conform to Town of Banff design criteria for being within a national park.

LEED Silver Certification

Glulam beams were reused from the decommissioned curling rink along with recycled materials from Lawrence Grassi Middle School in Canmore. These decisions served to minimize waste, reduce transportation energy and reduce VOCs and toxic materials, allowing the project to be completed in 2011 to LEED® Silver certification.

Project Completion

This revitalized, 8000 m2 facility includes a new curling rink, a refurbished hockey rink and a new NHL-sized hockey arena.



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