hcma has been engaged by the City of Burnaby to complete a feasibility and schematic design study for a new ice complex in the Edmonds Neighbourhood.
After looking at 14 locations in South Burnaby, the City decided on a site at 10th Avenue and 18th Street and are advocating for a L-shaped layout for the complex that creates a glazed, active street frontage along 18th Street with views into the facility. Assistant Director of Recreation Craig Collis said the arena is well positioned with Byrne Creek Secondary School, a church, a park and the future Southgate development nearby. He added: "It allows us to have the parking lot towards 10th Avenue and a lobby area inside the elbow of the two rinks."
The facility will be 87,000 square feet will contain two full NHL-size ice sheets for a variety of community and recreational sports uses. Each arena can also host between 200-300 spectators. A skate shop and concession will be located in a large open lobby space and other amenities include multipurpose and meeting rooms on the second floor. There will be lots of windows between spaces to give visitors views into the arenas and out to the street.
We have designed the arena roofs with north-facing, glazed windows. This concept rethinks traditional arena design by providing an enhanced skating experience through natural light and a connection to outside. The interesting roof form will be visible at both street level and from neighbouring residential buildings.
The above preliminary sketches were unveiled at an open house earlier this month, if you missed it, you can view the presentation online here.
We're now asking you to give feedback to help us plan the future of the arena. Please review the presentation, context & site analysis and tell us what you think about the activities, amenities and vision for the new facility before Friday, September 29, 2017.