Armstrong Spallumcheen Arena


Armstrong, BC




GEC Architecture, HDR | CEI

Structural Engineer

Fast + Epp

Project Owner

City of Armstrong, Township of Spallumcheen

Project Materials

Glue-laminated timber (Glulam)


Parallel strand lumber (PSL)



Structural Systems

Hybrid / Wood

Light frame

Low rise

Post + beam


Project Overview

The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Arena provides the local communities a National Hockey League standard ice rink. The arena adds further recreation options for the region, supplementing the existing swimming pool, skateboard park and baseball diamonds nearby.

The communities of Armstrong and Spallumcheen were extensively involved in its planning and financing, including donations consisting of cash, wood products, supplies and labour. As dimension lumber and plywood are manufactured locally, project planners incorporated these wood products as a visual representation of the region. Wood is well suited to the demanding atmosphere of ice rinks; it tolerates high levels of humidity, offers acoustic and thermal benefits, and absorbs and releases water vapour without compromising its structural integrity.

Wood Use

The roof over the ice rink features glue-laminated timber beams as the main roof support, and Douglas-fir plywood sheathing and purlins. The infill endwalls and sidewalls are comprised of lumber with plywood sheathing and parallel strand lumber posts. Pine boards are used as finishing for the infill walls. Visible from the exterior of the arena are Douglas fir-log columns, wooden siding and clear fir wood frame windows.