The Victoria Park Pavilion is designed to provide a central amenity building to serve a variety of functions at Victoria Park. Most of the project revolves around providing complimentary programs to the seasonal outdoor skating oval. These components include an indoor skate change area, public washrooms, a multipurpose space that will be used as a classroom and for other functions, and a kitchen/future concession. In addition the program for phase 1 of the project includes an office for support staff, a storage space for bikes and ski storage, and ski waxing space. The program for phase 2 of the project provides the Edmonton Speed Skating Association with meeting/training space, a workshop/storage area, and storage for a Zamboni. The building has been organized along a single curving spine oriented east to west that reinforces the sweeping arcs of the skating oval surface and the act of skating. Visitors to the Pavilion arrive on foot from the parking area along River Valley Road by following a pedestrian path in the form of a large arc set within the existing forest. Along this path a series of benches and walls provide signage and way finding, and act as the canvases for the 1 % for art program. These elements extend the building into the landscape and extend the landscape into the building. Their simple form provides a contrasting frame for the natural beauty of Victoria Park. Visitors enter the building from the west where a vestibule is tucked between a large curving blue stained pine clad wall. Once inside the building a large indoor skate change area with a fireplace greet the visitor. From this space users can access the kitchen, washrooms and the office spaces. Large areas of glazing to the south provide one of the few clear views through the existing forest to the skating oval. Other programmatic elements are laid out in a linear fashion along a curved corridor animated by sitting areas and glazing on its south face, with the multipurpose room and the training room taking advantage of stunning views of the slopes to the north. The workshop and Zamboni storage complete the building on its west end. A variety of public and private outdoor spaces including covered decks are provided for staff and visitors. The building has been situated at the southern most edge of the proposed site area, taking advantage of a clearing in the existing trees to provide views to and from the skating rink, and to make the strongest possible visual connection from the parking area and River Valley road to the south. The location is also an attempt to create a small microclimate on the south side of the building by closing the forest from the north and shielding this area from cold northern winds. The projects blue stained lodge-pole pine clad walls utilize one of the most common and abundant trees in the rocky mountain and foothills to provide a unique icy blue backdrop to the skating oval. They reference Edmonton's historic forts and industrial buildings that once dominated the river valley area. These walls are envisioned as places where either light or video presentations can animate the skating experience. The horizontal wood projections from these walls form an armature to rest skis or to hang skates and jackets.
The proposed buildings sustainable features include
- The use wood in the form of blue stained pine for interior and exterior cladding and a heavy timber post and beam structure.
- Excellent access to natural daylight as a result of the planning.
- Low energy consumption as a result of triple pane glazing, energy efficient lighting, high R-value envelope, and the use of geothermal heating and cooling.
- Low water consumption through the use of waterless urinals and dual-flush toilets.
- Recycled rubber floor in skate change area/training room.
- Low voc paints and finishes.
- A highly reflective roof to mitigate the heat island affect.
In combination with these features, in order to achieve LEED Silver Certification, the construction of the building will also strive to use locally sourced materials, institute a waste management strategy, provide bike racks, minimize the number of new parking spots that are developed, and use permeable surfaces wherever possible.
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