Meadows Community Recreation Centre + Edmonton Library
City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Library
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Square Footage: 234,910
The Meadows Community Recreation Centre and Edmonton Public Library will provide year-round recreational and cultural community opportunities for the surrounding local and regional neighborhoods. With a focus on creating relationships between indoor and outdoor programs, the facility emphasizes transparency to create an active space that is open and welcoming during every season of the year. Indoor amenities include a twin-pad ice arena, an aquatic complex that includes a recreation pool and slide as well as a competition and therapy pool, two-level fitness area with an indoor track, multi-purpose gymnasium, community multi-purpose rooms and a 15,000 square foot branch library for the Edmonton Public Library. Complementary outdoor amenities include a leisure skate area, multi-use courts, an exterior library reading garden and amphitheatre, spraypark, and beach volleyball courts.
Inspiration for the project was taken from the Alberta landscape with the concept of the Dominion Grid as a theme for organizing and ordering the site and its components. Architectural ideas explore the building as topography, reflecting the Alberta landscape through an undulating roofscape whose diverging slopes present opportunities for clerestory glazing and the provision of natural light to the interior. Natural materials are emphasized, creating an environment that is visually appealing and also healthy for building occupants. This project is targeting LEED Silver certification as mandated by the City of Edmonton and includes sustainable features such as a vegetated roof, efficient mechanical systems, re-use of waste heat for the arena spectator seating area, efficient pool filtration systems and reduced water consumption.