Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre

Type of Building
Community & Recreation
8,830 sq. m.
HCMA Architecture + Design
Structural Engineer
Fast + Epp
Construction Manager
Project Owner
City of Surrey
Wood Supplier
Seagate Consulting Ltd., Western Archrib
Glue-laminated timber (glulam)

The City of Surrey is committed to building vibrant, healthy, sustainable communities and as part of that goal we have a policy to consider the use of wood in our capital projects. Because wood is a sustainable local resource and provides a sense of warmth, it fits well with these City goals.

Scott Groves, Manager, Civic Facilities Division City of Surrey

Project Overview

Located at the centre of the fastest growing community within B.C.'s fastest growing municipality, this new facility is designed to accommodate both international swim meets and a wide variety of water-related community activities. The aquatic centre, with its dramatic suspended roof form, is the first project to be completed on the 'super block' that is destined to become a regional campus of health, wellness and sports excellence. In addition to its natatorium which houses a competition-sized lap pool and a leisure pool - both overlooked from the main lobby - the complex includes two hot pools, a sauna, fitness centre and poolside cafe. 

Wood Use

Wood was chosen for the roof structure as it met several important design considerations, both architectural and structural. Wood structures have a proven track record in high humidity environments, as glue laminated (glulam) beam roof systems have often been used in aquatic facilities for their resistance to warping due to moisture. The natural appearance of wood also lends a warm atmosphere to facilities that, of necessity, have large areas of hard, impervious surfaces. For the suspended roof at Grandview Heights, glulam beams also offered the required tensile capacity, self weight and inherent stiffness required to resists wind uplift, when compared to the commonly used steel cable system.