Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre

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Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre
Vancouver Olympic Centre.jpg
Full name Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre
Former names Hillcrest Park
Location 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broke ground 2007
Opened 2009 (curling venue)
Expanded 2011 (post-Games legacy facility)
Construction cost $39.05 million for the curling venue; an additional $48.8 million for post-Games conversion and Percy Norman Aquatic Centre[1]
Architect Hughes Condon Marler Architects[1]
Capacity 6,000[1]

The Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre is a new community centre and curling rink located at Hillcrest Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Construction started in March 2007; it has already been host to the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships but parts of the building are still under construction. During the 2010 Olympics, it currently has a capacity of 6,000 people and hosted curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics and for the 2010 Paralympics, it hosted the host the Wheelchair Curling event.[1][2]

Design[edit]

Sustainability Features[edit]

The Centre was built to qualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Scale (LEED) Gold certification; for example, the Centre's refrigeration plant is designed to heat other areas of the building and the adjacent aquatic centre through the utilization of what is otherwise waste heat from cooling the ice surface.[1] Surrounding ground water will also be collected for use in the facility's toilets.[3]

Smart site selection is key to maintaining the Centre's green footprint; the new facility replaces a much older community complex, with the new curling complex being built on what was a gravel parking lot.[4] Federal (CEAA) environmental assessment review process was also applied to the selection of the site.[5] Trees that were affected during the construction of the venue were moved to other areas of the park, and any land created from the demolition of the old community centre will be turned into community green space during post-Games conversion.[3][5]

Aboriginal Participation[edit]

Aboriginal artwork will be installed at the venue as part of the Vancouver 2010 Venues Aboriginal Arts Program. Featured art will include traditional, and contemporary artwork by First Nations, Inuit and Metis artists from across Canada.[4]

Post 2010 Games[edit]

Post 2010 Games, the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre will be converted into a multi-purpose recreation centre that will include a hockey rink, gymnasium, library, eight sheets of curling ice and a lounge for the curlers.[1] Connected to the facility via an indoor concourse will be the new Percy Norman Aquatic Centre, which will feature a leisure tank, a 50m lap pool and an outdoor aquatic area.[6]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 49°14′40″N 123°6′29″W / 49.24444°N 123.10806°W / 49.24444; -123.10806