Funding from the Ontario government will help enhance community services and programs for Toronto residents with the creation of a new aquatic centre and multi-purpose recreational space in the city’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood.
The state-of-the-art University of British Columbia (UBC) Aquatic Centre, which opened earlier this year, is a modern competitive and recreational aquatic facility that was designed and built by a team of consultants and contractors working with UBC and UBC Properties Trust. The facility represents a unique hybrid aquatic complex that brings together the programmatic uses of competition, community, and campus life.
While extremely popular in Europe, current pool installation trends show stainless steel is an up-and-coming building material for aquatic applications in not only Asia, the Caribbean, and New Zealand, but also Canada. Stainless steel has been used to build pools in Austria since the ’60s; prior to this, traditional, structural steel or aluminum (base metals) was primarily used. The former is a standard building material used in many construction fields…
Insulated metal panels (IMPs), sometimes referred to as sandwich panels, typically comprise two sheets of metal that encapsulate a polyurethane foam interior of varying thicknesses. The thicker the foam is, the higher the R-value, which is the measure of the insulation’s ability to prevent heat from escaping.
Technology continues to advance in the commercial and residential pool markets, as there are always new products, technologies, and design methods being introduced. This article will look at what is trending for 2017. Some of the design options and products that are discussed are not necessarily new to the industry, but thanks to new technologies and innovations, they continue to make an impression on clients who realize they need to have them in their aquatic facilities.
Creating an all-season indoor aquatic attraction, whether it is a pool or waterpark, is a major commitment that requires a great deal of consideration. With this in mind, venue owners can reduce the stress caused by taking on such a venture by carefully choosing the appropriate design and materials at the start of the project.
Fast + Epp, a structural engineering firm based in Vancouver, B.C., was recently recognized at the Wood Works! BC 2017 Wood Design Awards for its project at the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey.