Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre

Mountain architecture meets world-class facility.

CLIENT Town of Banff
SIZE 9,000m2

The Town of Banff’s Recreation Centre fills a need for improved and additional recreational facilities as well as a desire to create a building that would highlight the Banff National Park surroundings. The project involved the demolition of the existing curling rink, the complete renovation of the 500 seat arena (including the ice slab), and construction of a second ice rink and new curling rink. 

The new recreation centre supports community use as well with meeting rooms, auxiliary change rooms and training spaces, and an upgraded concourse area designed for large public events. The site was completely redevelopment to create public pedestrian spaces that showcase the natural environment.

The building is pending LEED Silver certification. The building incorporates a number of mechanical, electrical, and building envelope efficencies as well as materials selected to meet stringent indoor air quality standards. Other sustainable features include use of recycled glulam beams from the demolished curling rink, use of natural materials such as local rundle stone and limestone in the landscape, and protection of riparian habitats by siting the building as far away as possible from existing creeks and careful control of storm water runoff, including bioswales.


2014 - Recreation Industry Awards of Excellence | Stephen Barr Recreation Facility Design (Nominated)

2014 - Recreation Industry Awards of Excellence | Award of Excellence for Constructing Recreation Spaces & Places

2013 - Athletic Business | Facility of Merit Award

2011 - Alberta Wood WORKS! | Prairie Wood Design Award - Recreational Wood Design