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Chimo Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Wednesday 10 Jun 2009

The life aquatic

copyright: Hughes Condon Marler 
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Sustainably desinged fitness centre completes in Coquitlam 

The City of Coquitlam’s design challenge for the Chimo Aquatic and Fitness Centre was to provide a universally accessible, highly sustainable aquatic facility for a diverse, family-oriented community. The innovative solution is a 3,550 m2 aquatic facility that provides a light-filled natatorium complete with a 25m lap pool, warm water leisure pool, playful water features, hot pool, steam and sauna. With an emphasis upon health and wellness, the facility also includes a state-of-the-art weight training and cardio fitness facility.

The Centre incorporates a variety of green building strategies, including low impact site strategies, water conservation, energy-efficient building systems and the use of materials with low-volatile organic compounds. Rain water is captured to form a sustainable water feature for the pool. Built on an existing parking lot, the building uses previously developed land, saving vital green fields and restoring some of the paved area into an ecologically productive landscape. The use of dual-flush toilets and low-flow fixtures, in addition to the innovative approach of reusing the pool water for the flushing of toilets and landscape irrigation, will significantly reduce the building’s water consumption.

The facility is uniquely accessible for families and special-needs patrons and features a universal change room design. With a reduced front set-back, the Centre’s entrance and plaza offers a dynamic “streetscape” feel. The building has become the centerpiece of a public facilities campus, expressing the City’s commitment to health, wellbeing, sustainability and access for all.

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