As part of its overall expansion and development plan around the centrally located Parkinson Recreation Centre, the City of Kelowna constructed a larger, multi-function facility to replace the former seniors centre. The architect of the new facility worked closely with members of the Kelowna Seniors Society to create a building that would reflect their active lifestyles and positive outlook. The project is located adjacent to large sports fields and the linear parkway that parallels Mill Creek. The 1,200 square metre, 2 two-storey building is organized to accommodate various interior sporting courts which need to be carefully oriented to fit within the bend of the Mill Creek riparian zone.
In keeping with the Wood First Initiative, the majority of the primary structural elements in the building use wood, either on its own or in combination with another material. The vertical structure is a combination of load bearing wood-frame walls, nail-laminated wood columns, heavy timber posts and steel columns. An innovative composite wall made up of laminated veneer lumber and concrete masonry was used for the exterior of the atrium, simultaneously addressing the need for fire resistance, insulation and structural stability within a narrow cross section.
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