Facilities of Merit 2018: Delbrook Community Recreation Centre
Delbrook Community Recreation CentreNorth Vancouver, BC 2018
Year in Showcase: 2018
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.
“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 DetailsArchitect: 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