GEC’s Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility along with Andrew Tankard and Adrian Benoit are featured in the June 2017 issue of Award magazine. For more than 30 years, Award magazine serves the special interests of architects, interior designers and construction industry professionals.
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Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility
Recently the artist team of Haddad|Drugan finished installing their public artwork for the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility site called ‘Flock’. Part of the development process, Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan engaged the community. There was a strong consensus that the art should embrace the natural environment, especially the striking views to and from the nearby hills.
The wetland piece, Flock, is located at a gathering spot with picnic tables, benches and an aspen grove overlooking the wetland. The v-shape is derived from the shapes of ascending flocks of wetland birds and the angles of the sun. Up close, the art will create an embodied sensory experience of light, texture, and motion. From afar, the art will compliment the wetland as a bird-like flock into the sky.
The Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility is scheduled to open first quarter of 2018. When complete, The 284,000 sq. ft. facility will provide individuals, families and teams with a unique indoor and outdoor recreation experience. The multi-sport fitness and recreational facility will include competition and wave pools, a waterslide, competition and leisure skating ice, three full gymnasiums, a fitness centre, 160m running track, library, art making and display spaces, a 250-seat theatre, skateboard park, and much more.
Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility’s timber roof design was featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Construction Business magazine. The largest timber roof in North America it is constructed with over 30,000 square feet of glulam. We designed a place for people to gather and play by combining essential health, wellness, and community services underneath one roof.
The expansive timber roof links these program elements and responds to the individual requirements of each activity. Glulam was selected for its technical and aesthetic merits – the geometric complexity of the project required the use of a structural material that had the ability to be customized while creating a vibrant, welcoming community destination.