The Multiplex

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The Multiplex

Grande Prairie, Alta. 2012

Project Description

This facility has been designed to fit the site, region and neighborhood. A collaborative design process has ensured that the new facility allows residents to compete at a premier level and attract the best events in Canada.
The organization and general design concept centered on clarity and opportunity. The immense size and combination of new and existing structures advocated for a boulevard concept to organize activities and allow ease of identification, expectation and wayfinding. The organization starts with a welcome from the reception desk, which offers direct access to the changing rooms and Gymniks facility, as well as the option to further explore along the main concourse.

Primary importance was given to providing maximum daylight access while maintaining environments free of glare and hotspots that may affect users or staff. Clerestories and translucent glazing infuse all areas of the multiplex with northern light and a comforting natural ambiance. One of the most striking features that users encounter is the theming of the aquatics center around the prehistoric artifacts and historical materials that mark the region.

Another essential element in the evolution of this multiplex was the decision to incorporate the new facility as a bridge between the existing arena and gymnastics center, allowing shared use of the building. The combination of all the components under one roof economizes numerous resourcesfor both building systems and operations.

Project Details

Architect: Barr Ryder Architects & Interior Designers; Edmonton, Alta.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Water Technology Inc.; Beaver Dam, Wis.
Construction Cost: $103.8 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 235,923
Occupancy: November 2011

Bulkheads: Myrtha Pools USA

Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Child Play Equipment: Peak Sales & Equipment

Cleaners/Vacuums: Maytronics US Inc.

Deck/Basin Surface: Myrtha Pools USA

Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA

Kitchen Equipment: Hotel Equipment & Supply Co. (2006) Ltd.

Ladders/Grab Bars: Myrtha Pools USA

Lane Markers: Myrtha Pools USA

Lighting: Pentair Water Pool and Spa

Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing

Multipurpose: Sharp Resurfacing Ltd.

Racquet Court Assemblies: CRS Products International Inc.

Sanitization Systems: Lonza

Sanitization Systems: Stenner & Co. (G.H.)

Starting Blocks: Myrtha Pools USA

Starting Blocks: S.R. Smith

Track: Sharp Resurfacing Ltd.