This project is was a double rink facility with appropriate change rooms and reception area. CTA architecture + design was retained to provide a solution to this project that originally exceeded its budgetary constraints due to inflation. Our approach was to embrace building systems proven to be economical while at the same time attempting to create a design that expresses uniqueness. While employing a creative design, we were able to remain within the budget restraints. Insulated metal panels are used extensively throughout the build and were attached to a pre-engineered frame. We minimized custom steel elements allowed for strategically implemented custom features including the front stair.
The project attempts to be ‘hyper’ efficient in its area allocations, consolidating programs necessary for service to the ice skating program, such as change rooms and other support functions. These were consolidated on the level of the rinks and for reasons of efficiency, other program elements that are very public in nature including viewing bleachers and washrooms were locate on a floor above the rink level. On the south side, the exterior and entry express this organization through a stair on the exterior that connects the ice level functions with the public viewing bleachers above. On the North side, facing a busy arterial street, the public is engaged by use of transparency of the rinks to those cycling or driving by the facility.