Posted: 20 May 2013 09:43 PM PDT
The Oval is organised around three levels. On the second level, a clear-span arch structure of approximately 330 ft (100m) that houses the 400 m speed skating track and the legacy sports. The lower level provides support functions and parking, and the upper level – a mezzanine for fitness programs, spectator seating and hospitality lounge. The ice slab can be configured to support sport, court and track & field uses, hockey and skating, other recreation as well as public events.
The Oval was honored with the 2009 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation and the Sustainability Star, awarded by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Organizing Committee in recognition of the innovation Games partners and sponsors have demonstrated in sustainable design.
Emphasising lightness, transparency, and translucency, the interiors of the Richmond Olympic Oval mitigate its large scale, reflecting the openness, accessibility and fun that lie at its conception. Located on the Richmond waterfront, the Oval is designed as a "legacy" or dual-use building – speed skating venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and as an International Centre of Excellence for Sports and Wellness for community uses. [ Cannon Design ]
Posted: 20 May 2013 09:43 AM PDT
The project is a three level design with the event or ice level at grade with the rear or "back of house" end of the building. The level up is the main or public concourse, integrated with the rolling terrain of the campus and located to take advantage of a natural high point on the site. As a result, the front doors of the facility are also at grade allowing for easy accessibility for all visitors. The third level of the complex includes 20 private suites, "loge boxes", a large multi-purpose lounge, and smaller party rooms.
The University College of the Fraser Valley is the spectacular setting for the new 7,000-seat Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Developed as the entry to the existing campus, the facility is exceptionally well integrated into a site that is characterized by extensive and mature west coast landscaping. The new facility has already become a recognizable icon for both the College and the City. [ PBK Architects ]
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