Turning suburbs into more livable cities will be one of Canada's most important tasks in the 21st century.  More and more, municipalities are looking for design solutions that meet challenges like centralizing services, while keeping them accessible and distinct.

The redesign of the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre more than doubled the size of the original building, adding new pools, recreation spaces and multipurpose spaces. The West Vancouver Community Centre now houses ESL, seniors programs and dance classes in side-by-side studios. Continue on and you find the Public Heath clinic and the offices for Vancouver Public Heath. There are multipurpose rooms, a teen centre, arts and crafts rooms and a day care centre. At the juncture of the two spaces, an atrium is the community's lively, rain-proof piazza.

Wow! Congratulations on the company you keep, and the stature you have achieved for Canada in the world. West Vancouver is privileged to work with you, and to be home to the very best.

-Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, former Mayor of West Vancouver

There's a lot going on, but users aren't confused. They are excited. From the welcoming lawns, to the wheel-chair accessible pool, to the soundproofed band-practice room in the basement, we found ways to honour and integrate the diverse needs of it's community into what's now incredibly and dynamic and well-used civic space.

Kudos to the District of West Vancouver for their vision and to our engineering and construction partners for their outstanding work.

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