Extending building life and improving the centre’s social circumstances while increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions
The Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC) opened its doors to the public in 1993 and serves 800,000 recreational and competitive users annually. With the original exterior failing and many mechanical and electrical components past their life expectancy, the City of Kamloops initiated an infrastructure improvement project.
Stantec was engaged as the mechanical partners of the team delivering this project under the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model—one of the first completed IPD in British Columbia, and the first renovation IPD completed in Western Canada. The team's challenge was to rehabilitate the existing building within the City’s approved budget and extend its life while increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To improve social circumstances, it was a strategic decision to also incorporate universal individual change rooms into the scope. The façade and roof were replaced to reduce air leakage, while custom air handling units and water-cooled dedicated heat recovery chillers were introduced to reduce heating energy consumption.
The strategies introduced will lower greenhouse gas emissions and improve indoor thermal comfort by providing conditioned air and dehumidification. Overall, this project will help the CGAC remain at the heart of recreation, health, and wellness for Kamloops and its surrounding communities.
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