This renovation of the aquatic component of the Penticton Community Centre expands the existing lap pool to 10 lanes, and extends the building and natatorium to house a significant leisure component such as play features and a waterslide. It also provides new men’s, women’s and family change rooms, a new entrance and lobby, and features improvements to the existing community centre, including relocating the fitness centre to the second floor, offering views of the pool. The Aquatic Centre addition is seamlessly linked to the interior of the existing Community Centre and theatre.
With the significant focus on sustainability, wood was a natural material choice for the project, and wood use and sustainability are a large part of the success of the design. Furthermore, Penticton has a commitment to Wood First principles and capitalized on local expertise for this project. Wood products used include glued-laminated structural units, basswood for the sauna, cedar for sauna benches, Douglas-fir for ceilings, soffits and battens, and plywood for millwork. The main concourse at the entry to the facility relates to the existing glue-laminated wood structure fronting the neighbouring convention centre. Thus the quadrangle is now a warm and welcoming place for the community.
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