UBC Aquatic Centre (current)

Vancouver, British Columbia

The UBC Aquatic Centre is a 61,000 square foot indoor aquatic centre currently in construction at the University of British Columbia’s main campus. This facility includes a 50m competition pool, a 25m recreational pool with diving, a warm water leisure pool, and a hot tub. In addition there will be spectator seating, wet classrooms, change rooms, and meeting rooms. This aquatic centre replaces the existing aging pool with a state-of-the-art building designed for a 100 year service life.

The structure consists of structural steel superstructure on cast-in-place concrete foundations and basement/mechanical room below grade. Long-span streel trusses support the roof over the pools, and are supported by exposed steel square columns forming an impressive V shape. The earthquake and wind loads are resisted by steel buckling-inhibited-braces, used for their superior seismic performance as compared to conventional steel bracing systems. Steel ribs surround the building, providing framing for the elaborate cladding which creates a sculptured effect to the appearance of the facility.

Client: UBC
Architect: MJMA Architects + Acton Ostry Architects – Architects in Association
Budget: $30 million
Completed: 2016

2014 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
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