Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

Client City of Calgary | Location Calgary, AB | Size 23,330 m2 | Completion 2017


Health and wellness for rural and urban under one sinuous roof.

Nestled in the rolling hills of the northwest corner of Calgary, the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is a regional hub of physical activity and a multipurpose gathering space for the community. The aim of this facility is to provide the northwest edge of Calgary with essential health and wellness services. It will provide a place for gathering for a diverse community and arts programs, for health and wellness opportunities and child care services.

Conceptually, the approach for the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is to create a low, horizontal building form that is stitched into the landscape, expressing and complementing the natural contours of the site. Integrating the facility into this park-like setting provides the community with natural recreation opportunities. Multiple pathways curve throughout the site linking to the regional pathway system and connecting the community to the reconstructed wetland, the recreation facility and the hill.

All program elements of this building are set beneath a curved, undulating laminated timber roof structure that links the spaces together and responds to their individual height requirements. The ribbon-like form of the façade creates large curving expanses of glulam-supported high performance glazing, accommodating key views from within the facility while selectively revealing the activity within to passersby. The glulam glazing supports provide warmth to the interior material palette while their depth and placement reduces glare from low evening sun.

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge has been designed to be an open and active facility, integrated into the regional landscape. Targeting LEED Gold, the facility is taking steps to ensure the greenfield site is carefully enhanced, while continuing to function as habitat for existing wildlife.



2019 - Prairie Wood Design Awards | Institutional

2019 - Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Award | Institutional

2018 - Wood Design & Building Awards | Canadian Wood Council Award

2018 - Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Canada | Award of Excellence - Buildings

2018 - MASI Awards | Winner, Special Projects Category

2018 - Athletic Business | Winner, Facilities of Merit

2018 - North American Copper in Architecture Award

2018 - Prairie Design Awards | Award of Excellence

2018 - Athletic Business | Architectural Showcase

2018 - Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Alberta | Southern Alberta Product Design + Quality Award

2018 - CEA Showcase Awards | Award of Excellence, Building Engineering - Recreational

2018 - CEA Showcase Awards | Award of Excellence, Community Development

2017 - CanBIM | Best In BIM Award

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

2013 - Mayor’s Urban Design Award (MUDA) | City Edge Development Award



2019.02 - Prairie Wood Design Awards

2019.01 - Canadian Wood Council Award

2018.10 - The 2018 MASI Awards

2018.09 - Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Named as 2018 Facility of Merit by Athletic Business

2018.08 - Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Featured in Canadian Architect

2018.06 - Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Wins Copper in Architecture Award in NYC!

2018.05 - Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Wins at the 2018 Prairie Design Awards

2018.01 - Shane Homes YMCA At Rocky Ridge - Interview With Andrew Tankard / Global News

2017.06 -  Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility Public Art

2017.03 - Rocky Ridge Recreational Facility - The Largest Timber Roof in North America

2016.09 - Rocky Ridge Recreational Facility Presentation