Opening of the UBC Aquatic Facility; new natatorium to build in Laval

The $40 million aquatic facility at the University of British Columbia (UBC) opened on its new Point Gray campus this week. Designed by architectural firms Acton Ostry and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller, the Aquatic Facility which includes recreational, competitive and recreational pools, was built with sustainability and LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

According to a CBC News report, a 1.3 million-liter underground storage tank will store rainwater from the roof to power the pool, and the UBC district energy system is used to heat the building, the pool and domestic hot water. The multi-purpose facility offers a 50m competition pool, which will be used by the UBC Thunderbirds for training purposes, and a recreational pool for the public. A 25m 10-lane pool is equipped with a diving board and a 4 to 6 m (13 to 19.5 ft.) Diving board.

The pool is also equipped with ramps and lifts. The facility can accommodate 966 bathers and 460 spectators in the mezzanine. In addition, the architects were chosen to design the new $61 million aquatic center in Laval, Quebec. In a report by CTV Montreal, a jury led by architect Matthew Lalla, Olympic diver Alexandre Despatie and several other architects examined 17 different designs before selecting the concept by the NFOE-HCMA consortium. Like the UBC Aquatic Facility, the concept is for a Gold-Leed certified building that will include three pools (two for swimming and one for diving). The complex will accommodate 700 spectators with room for expansion. Mayor Marc Demers told CTV Montreal that construction is expected to begin next year and end in July 2020.


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