Terrace Sportsplex Renewal + Aquatic Centre
Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects was retained to design practical solutions to twining the existing arena as the first step in Terrace Sportsplex Project Revitalization. A pre-fabricated metal structure was used for the second arena, which provides an important training ice surface for hockey-crazy Terrace.
Designed to take advantage of Terrace’s impressive mountain views.
Through careful budget planning, interior improvements to the existing arena were also made. These improvements focused on improving spatial flow in the first and second floor entrance ways, and some minor exterior improvements, including replacing wood cladding. The project is strongly characterized by a cantilevered multipurpose space, designed to take advantage of Terrace’s impressive mountain views. This second floor addition provides a canopy over the entrance, much needed community-use space, and warm, second floor viewing areas for both ice sheets.
Subsequently, we have recently worked with the City of Terrace to complete a full review and assessment of the Aquatic Centre located in the same campus of facilities as the Sportsplex. We are currently working with the City on implementing a number of the critical recommendations of this assessment.
Cantilevers are sexy, to be sure, but here it does the essential task of satisfying the Client's straightforward but unusual demand of requiring more program up top than below. They're still sexy.
STRETCHING A THIN BUDGET
Sometimes there's too much toast for your butter. The trick is to spread it evenly and root for the jam in the back of the fridge. In Terrace we spent the money where we had to in order to have a little extra in the areas that mattered. It was tough, but it was worth it.