North Bay Community Recreation Centre
North Bay, Ontario
Client : City of North Bay
Area : 85,000
Program : Twin-Pad Arena (Spectator Seating, Changerooms), Indoor Track, Multipurpose Rooms, Concession, Outdoor Program (Entry Plaza and Garden, Community Lawn, Outdoor Community Room, Trail Connections to Naturalized Area and Sports Fields)
Associated Architects : Mitchell Jensen Architects
The new North Bay Community Recreation Centre will replace the aging West Ferris Community Centre. The building, which will become part of the Steve Omischl Sports Complex, will house two NHL-sized rinks for both tournament and practice use, spectator viewing area for 300 people, plus another 300 positions on mezzanine viewing areas, concession, and multi-purpose community rooms. The design also features a second-storey walking track that looks onto the tournament arena from one side, and out towards the surrounding forest to the other. The Y-shaped Community Recreation Centre creates a social heart in the centre where the three prongs intersect, allowing visitors to view both rinks at once. The design will conform to CaGBC's Zero Carbon standards and prioritizes sustainability by using all-electric building systems, a high performance building envelope, and a CO2 refrigeration system.