2016 Facilities of Merit: Vale Health & Wellness Centre | Athletic Business

2016 Facilities of Merit: Vale Health & Wellness Centre

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Vale Health & Wellness Centre | Port Colborne, Ont.

The majority of panelists specifically mentioned the Vale Health & Wellness Centre’s innovative use of pre-engineered structural elements as worthy of praise, providing noteworthy value for the available budget and, according to one judge, “a great asset to the community.”

These long-span components are manipulated to generate the required heights for sport activity ranging from ice sports to aquatics, all the while projecting “a clarity of purpose,” according to another judge.

A third panelist marveled, “To be able to deliver a project with this quality for $180 per square foot is remarkable.”

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Judges' Comments:

“Creative facade design on a pre-engineered metal building within a tight budget.” — Katie Barnes

“The innovative manipulation of a standard pre-engineered building frame was extremely creative. In general, there was a sound approach to making difficult budget-driven choices.” — Tracy Carusi

“The use of the pre-engineered structure in a unique combination of geometries is clever for a value building to achieve a meaningful form.”— Greg Houston

Architect of Record:
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects | Toronto, Ont.

Cost: $26.7 million (Canadian)

Square Footage: 145,000

Funded By: Private donations

Major Facility Components: Ice arenas, second-level running track, multi-use field house, aquatic center

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A big thank you to our seven judges: Katie Barnes, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture; David Body, David Body Sports Planning Consultant; Tracy Carusi, Collins Cooper Carusui Architects; Greg Houston, Marmon Mok Architecture; Philip Laird, ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge; Dave Larson, TMP Architecture.; and Jeff Penner, Stantec


FomThe 2016 Athletic Business® Facilities of Merit® awards were selected by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging in Madison, Wis. The 10 winners are being announced during these two weeks, and profiles of all 10 will appear in the October issue of Athletic Business. The awards will be presented to the facility owners and architects at the Athletic Business Show in Orlando on Friday, Nov. 18.

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