Portage Credit Union Centre
Portage Credit Union CentrePortage la Prairie, Man. 2011
The Portage Credit Union (PCU) Centre provides the city and rural municipality of Portage la Prairie with a multiuse recreation facility that brings together otherwise widespread or nonexistent recreation components.
Situated adjacent to an existing outdoor leisure pool located on a natural lake, the facility blends with nearby natural elements, including local exhibition grounds, walkways and paths. The project involves two major program components: an indoor aquatic center and a twin-pad ice complex. A community hall used for larger gatherings, tournaments and general circulation divides these two elements. The central administrative area offers views for supervision of the main hall and the fitness center, as well as access to the aquatic facility and multipurpose spaces.
Inside, the facility features extensive daylighting, as well as views of the lake and causeway. The concourse surrounding the 1,700-seat ice arena offers glimpses of the landscape through north-facing linear glazing. On the aquatics side, extensive north-facing glazing reduces the need for artificial lighting while adding color through patterned tinting.
The exterior design responds to economic constraints through the use of insulated metal panels with compositions of concrete masonry units and aluminum framed fenestration. The composition, color and materials reflect the local prairie while celebrating the vibrancy of the activities within.
Project DetailsArchitect: Stantec Architecture; Winnipeg, Man.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Vic Davies Architect; Victoria, B.C.
Construction Cost: $42 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 120,513
Occupancy: September 2010
Access Ramps/Stairs: Myrtha Pools USA
Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.
Chemical Control Systems: Myrtha Pools USA
Dashers: Global Sports Resources
Deck/Basin Surface: Myrtha Pools USA
Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing
Pre-Engineered Structures: Behlen Industries
Refrigeration Units: Cimco Refrigeration
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Shanahan's Manufacturing
Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.