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
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.