Meadow Park Sport Centre Feasibility Study
Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects was commissioned in the fall of 2013 to work with the Resort Municipality of Whistler to develop a suite of design solutions to address the aging Meadow Park Sport Centre facilities. The research is rooted in a series of explorations that look to clarify the feasibility of a number of design proposals (reconfiguring the vertical circulation, for instance), but the report should be read in the context of the complications that arise in long-term planning scenarios that result from the competing needs of required facility upgrades that result from deferred maintenance, facility modernization needed to offer contemporary equipment, and the desire to execute work while maintaining operational capacity, as well as available funding.
Programs are more than just programs: they are both expressions of and aids to shape the community that provides them. What Meadow Park has capacity to offer in the coming two decades will not only determine its immediate usefulness to the Whistler community, but also its ability to help shape and support a healthy culture of sport and recreation in Whistler.
In this respect, while the report does proffer a set of schematic design proposals for a variety of identified problems, it better serves a a framework for the Resort Municipality of Whistler to ask questions about Meadow Park Sport Centre’s role in its community and to assist in prioritizing work while balancing stakeholder need, feasibility, cost, and results - all in the context of one possible longterm future scenario, The Preferred Option.
Understanding potential scheduling and phasing of various required and nice-to-have upgrades and improvements was - even more than the architecture proper - the central inquiry of the study. The diagram above illustrates an idealized sequencing based on a then-current understanding of the physical health of the building, user demands, and funding liklihoods as provided by the Municipality.