Remington YMCA

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Remington YMCA

Calgary, AB 2017

Project Description

The Remington YMCA acts as a community hub for Quarry Park, providing the neighborhood in Calgary’s southeast quadrant a place to swim, lift weights or read a book. The facility offers flexible activity areas, a daycare, a natatorium, a library, fitness areas and an interior and exterior plaza for residents to create their own experience. Responding to today’s cultural and family needs, the facility features the first universal change room in Alberta. It is completely open to accommodate a variety of demographics and features plenty of private change rooms and washrooms.

Connectivity was critical for the City of Calgary and influenced how the building was organized to maximize visual and spatial connections between program elements. While traditional recreation facilities typically separate the functions, the Remington YMCA celebrates the integration of activities. Extensive glazing puts the activities on display, encouraging interest, use and participation from passersby. One central control point leads you to the change rooms, fitness facilities and the natatorium.

The Y acts as an iconic entrance to Quarry Park, an urban community organized around a central park. The facility bookends the park, providing an activity hub where the regional pathway systems culminate. To differentiate it from the surrounding office buildings and give it a sense of prominence, the building is set back from the street and features extensive glazing.

Project Details

Architect: GEC Architecture
Architect: GEC Architecture
Construction Cost: $44.4 Million
Square Feet: 106,502 sqft
Occupancy: July 2016

Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures: Western Archrib - Glulam Beams

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Centaur Floor Systems LLC

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Centaur Floor Systems LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Seaway Plastics LTEE

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Lumen Pulse, Lumenline 2, LED Luminaire

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Centaur Floor Systems LLC

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Centaur Floor Systems LLC

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Centaur Floor Systems LLC

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Keystone Mosaic

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Shanahan's Manufacturing

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: Liquid Metronics, Milton Roy

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Pools - Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.

Pools - Gutters: Dal-Tile Corp.

Pools - Heaters: Advanced Thermal Hydronics

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lighting: Lithonia Lighting

Pools - Sanitization Systems: UV Technology

Pools - Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.

Architect Of Record

GEC Architecture
Calgary, AB

Associate Architect

GEC Architecture

Design Architect

GEC Architecture

Aquatic Engineer

Counsilman Hunsaker

Landscape Architect


Programming Consultant

GEC Architecture with Kenn Knights

Structural Engineer

Read Jones Christoffersen


Remedy + SNC Lavalin