Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre & Edmonton Eskimos' Field House
Client : City of Edmonton
Area : 220,000 sf
Program : Aquatic Centre, Gymnasium, Fitness Centre, Studios, Community Rooms, Childcare, Field House, Running Track, Stadium Box Seating, Eskimos Team Room, Visitors Team Room, Media / Player Lounge, Eskimos Meeting Rooms, Coaches Offices, Eskimos Team Store
Completion : September 2012
Associated Architects : HIP Architects
The new recreation centre adaptively reuses the 1978 Commonwealth Stadium fitness centre, and revitalizes the vacant stadium grounds into an urban park and community destination. The project is designed for shared use between community members, Edmonton Eskimos professional football team, and stadium operations — with numerous event overlays.
Three primary building masses – Field House, Aquatics and Gymnasium – respond to the dynamic triangulated geometries of the site and frame a central lobby space, the ‘social heart’. These in turn define three exterior forecourt spaces. The recreation centre’s planning consolidates the once residual condition of the site, interconnects the fabric of a distressed neighborhood, creates a year-round community park, and draws the public from all three sides to a new social core. Park promenades are developed N–S and E–W through the building to connect community, transit, and the recreation centre.
Programming includes the 3-storey community centre: aquatics, fitness, recreation, community space, childcare; and Edmonton Eskimos: high performance field house, strength and conditioning centre, team rooms, and operations facility. The project is designed to allow these three diverse groups to share their program specific amenities – the Eskimos: use the community recreation centre pool, track, and fitness centre for player training and host game related events in the gymnasium and meeting spaces. The Community: has joint use of the field house and use the Eskimos meeting and coaching rooms in the evening and off-seasons. The Stadium Operations: host side-stage events in the field house, uses the recreation centre and Eskimos meeting and locker rooms for hosting and staging functions for concerts and athletic events.