Facilities of Merit 2018: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

Calgary, AB 2018
Year in Showcase: 2018

Project Description

Nestled in the foothills of the northwest part of Calgary, the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is a regional community and recreation center that combines sports and fitness activities with cultural and community uses. Inspired by the rolling landscape, the YMCA is an open and integrated facility connecting uses on the site with the activities inside.

The building houses a hockey and leisure ice arena, a triple gymnasium, a running track, a large fitness area and studios, and an aquatics center with an eight-lane, 25-meter competition pool, a wave pool, a lazy river and vortex, a climbing wall, a water slide and a tots pool.

In addition to its fitness and recreation uses, Shane Homes YMCA has community program spaces including a 250-seat theater, art-making and display spaces, and a public library branch. It also incorporates tenant spaces for food services and physiotherapy.

Shane Homes YMCA

Judge's Comments

“This is a compelling use of an abstract roof form to unify the building’s curves. Understated interior design and the roof structural system all contribute to the great feeling of the building.” — Don Jones

“Public concourse is a vibrant and well-thought-out space with views to all major activity areas. Single roof form is bold, yet refined.” — Adam Bastjan

“Certainly unconventional and bold, but graceful in concept and execution. Most probably love it or hate it. I’m in the first camp.” — Stephen Springs

Project Details

Architect: GEC Architecture
Architect: n/a
Construction Cost: $138,474,306.10
Square Feet: 280,000ft2
Occupancy: December 2017

Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Rockwerx

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: JBL Professional

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Regupol America

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: RSL Manufacturing

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Qued, Div. of Seaway Mats Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Holophane

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: JBL Professional

Ice Rinks - Bleachers/Grandstands: E & D Specialty Stands Inc.

Ice Rinks - Refrigeration Units: Startec Refrigeration

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Regupol America

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing

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

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE

Pools - Bleachers: E & D Specialty Stands Inc.

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

Pools - Dehumidifiers: Engineered Air

Pools - Diving Boards: Duraflex International Corp.

Pools - Filtration Systems: Nemato

Pools - Lane Markers: Dal-Tile Corp.

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Pools - Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Water Play Features: Waterplay Solutions Corp.

Architect Of Record

GEC Architecture
Calgary, AB

Associate Architect


Design Architect

GEC Architecture
Calgary, AB

Aquatic Engineer

St. Louis, MO

Landscape Architect

Calgary, AB

Programming Consultant

K. Knights & Associates
Calgary , AB

Refrigeration Consultant

Thermocarb Ltd
Calgary, AB