High Performance Athletic Centre, Whistler, BC
Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was Project Architect for this project. He was involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).
The High Performance Athletic Centre was developed as a training centre for high performance athletes competing in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at Whistler, British Columbia and to also serve as a legacy project and recreation centre for the community after the Games.
The client group were seeking a landmark building that would stand as a reminder of the Olympics and act as a community centre post-Games. The WHPAC includes space for strength building, speed training and conditioning as well as a gymnastics gym. The 24,000 sf Centre also contains multi-use space and offices. The gym is now home to the Whistler Gymnastics Club and the facility is the community centre for the Athletes Village which was transformed into an affordable housing community.
The project contains innovative sustainability features including heating derived from a nearby district source that draws heat from the community sewage treatment plant. The WHPAC was built on a partial brownfield site directly adjacent to a now-closed landfill. Construction was done using insulated concrete sandwich panels and FSC lumber. The VRF (variable refrigerant flow) mechanical system provides highly efficient service to only those spaces requiring it and introduces a new technology that is widely used on other continents to Canada. The project met the client requirement for a LEED Silver Certification.
The recreation centre was completed on schedule a full year prior to the Olympics.