Facilities of Merit 2018: Delbrook Community Recreation Centre

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Delbrook Community Recreation Centre

North Vancouver, BC 2018
Year in Showcase: 2018

Project Description

Situated on a site that drops four stories from northeast to southwest, and bound by a street, streams, a forest and playing fields, topographical conditions influenced the multilevel plan of the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre.

Program spaces within the building are grouped by categories. Spaces are organized as arts and administration, public activity, access-controlled activity, and below-grade parking. The building is organized by small-scale spaces to the north and large-scale spaces to the south. An interconnected circulation spine bisects the building and is the primary organizing element.

Primary spaces include a natatorium, a fitness center and a gymnasium. Other spaces include racquet courts, an art studio, a pottery studio and meeting rooms, as well as child, youth and senior centers. Inspiring the design is the objective of animating and integrating the facility into its surroundings. Horizontal geometry on the north elevation emphasizes site grades. The southern elevation is organized similarly but at a larger scale, taking advantage of natural light that adds vibrancy to program spaces.

The forest-facing elevation to the east is understated, with a large glazed surface at the corner providing a visual connection to activities from the street. The west provides an inviting entry and public plaza that steps down the site with mountain and forest backdrops.

An elemental material palette applies architectural concrete, curtainwall and metal panels. Wood is used throughout the interior spaces and, in combination with the glazing and clerestory, facilitates a play of light that is ever-changing throughout the day, mimicking the dance of sunlight among the trees on a forest walk.

Delbrook Recreation Centre

Judge's Comments

“The skillful use of a sloping site and presentation of natural features, combined with a lively exterior design, and well-organized functions, make this a great project.” — Don Jones

“This project maximizes the potential of the steeply sloped site and in doing so produces exciting spaces and views.” — Anita Moran


“The Delbrook Community Recreation Center is thoughtfully designed with particular sensitivity to community and site through the integration of public art and the well-executed approach to stormwater management. MEP and lighting systems are carefully coordinated and integrated in a very successful way.” — Emily Parris

Project Details

Architect: HDR Architecture
Construction Cost: $46,000,000 CAD
Square Feet: 152,147 sq ft
Occupancy: May 2017

Building Systems - Skylights: Western Archrib Structural Wood Systems, Glastech

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Centaur Floor Systems LLC

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Dinoflex

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Cover: Centaur Floor Systems LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Philips Lighting

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Cascadia Sport Systems

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Johnsonite

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: Cascadia Sport Systems

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Cascadia Sport Systems

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Sentinel Security Lockers by Tiffin

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Blackstone Saunas, Relax A Mist

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., CP Distributors

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

Pools - Anchors: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Aquatic volleyball netting: West Coast Netting Inc.

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Hayward Commercial Pool Products

Pools - Diving Boards: Duraflex International Corp.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lane Markers: AntiWave Pool Products

Pools - Rope Floats: Jim-Buoy

Pools - Sanitization Systems: Chemical Injection Technologies / DB Perks

Pools - Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Stroke Flags: Commercial Aquatic Supplies

Pools - water chemistry control: BECS Technology, Inc.

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

Pools - water testing kits: Taylor Technologies Inc.

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Cascadia Sport Systems

Architect Of Record

HDR Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Design Architect

HDR Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Aquatic Engineer

Water Technology Inc.
Beaver Dam, WI

Landscape Architect

Connect Landscape Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Programming Consultant

HDR Architecture
Vancouver, BC