West Fraser Centre

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West Fraser Centre

Quesnel, BC 2018

Project Description

Quesnel’s West Fraser Centre is located in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. The project is an important catalyst for economic vibrancy in the city center, as the building hosts ice sports, trade shows, concerts and other events. Building planning considers functional zones and separates participants from spectators vertically upon entry to the building. The west plan includes a lobby, a multi-use room, guest services and access to the upper concourse. The north plan houses locker rooms. The south and east plan houses administrative and user-group offices, as well as building operations. The upper level of the facility features 1,300 fixed seats and a capacity of about 1,500. The upper-west plan includes concessions and a multipurpose room with a VIP-seating balcony. The south seating extends from the concourse to ice level, while north seating is perched upon the locker rooms below.

The arena ceiling was executed in wood to reflect the importance of the timber industry to the community. A local public artist contributed a large mural that captures the essence of the region’s outdoors, while other interior spaces are robust and feature a color palette that complements the exterior.

The exterior of the building primarily uses insulated metal panels that perform well in an environment where temperatures can swing significantly between seasons. Concrete masonry is used at lower levels to add durability and help break the massing down to a more human scale. Natural lighting is brought into the arena concourse level and lobby space that identifies the facility as a public building.

Project Details

Architect: HDR Architecture
Construction Cost: $17,000,000 CAD
Square Feet: 63,000 sq ft
Occupancy: August 2017

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: PJS Pro Sound

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Cascadia Sport Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Dinoflex

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Metalux HBI Series

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Cascadia Sport Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables: Cascadia Sport Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: PJS Pro Sound

Ice Rinks - Dashers: Cascadia Sport Systems

Ice Rinks - Refrigeration Units: Fraser Valley Refrigeration Ltd.

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dinoflex Sport Mat, Ames Stone and Tile

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing

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

Architect Of Record

HDR Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Design Architect

HDR Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Landscape Architect

HDR Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Programming Consultant

HDR Architecture
Vancouver, BC