West Fraser Centre
West Fraser CentreQuesnel, BC 2018
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 DetailsArchitect: 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