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City of Ottawa Hosts Grand Opening for the Richcraft Recreation Complex


City of Ottawa Hosts Grand Opening for the Richcraft Recreation Complex

Salter Pilon Architecture is pleased to announce that the grand opening for Richcraft Recreation Complex took place on Thursday December 5th.  Various dignitaries from the City of Ottawa were on hand including Mayor Jim Watson and Kanata-North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson.

The new 77,000 square foot complex, located on Innovation Drive in Kanata, utilized the Design-Build construction process in order to provide the best possible design, value and return for the City within an accelerated delivery schedule.  Salter Pilon Architecture worked together with Bondfield Construction to successfully complete this $43.14 million project.

“This state-of-the-art facility is a wonderful addition to the Kanata community,” said Mayor Watson. “Residents of all ages can now take part in active and healthy activities close to home.”

This facility offers a range of community and recreation facilities, including an eight-lane 25 meter pool and leisure pool/whirl pool, a fitness centre featuring cardio and weight training, two large gymnasiums, community rooms and various multipurpose rooms. 

One of the most popular aspects of the plan is the eight-lane swimming pool. Traditionally, city recreational facilities feature six-lane pools, but the public was so adamant that an eight-lane pool be installed, Councillor Wilkinson headed up efforts to raise $1.7 million to put toward the cost.  The natatorium has a double-height space over the lap pool deck, with upper story windows looking out to the green roof.  This new complex is considered an emergency shelter and as such, the facility is designed and constructed to meet post-disaster standards.

Outdoor recreation components include 2 large artificial turf sport fields, a children’s play area with splash pad, two basketball courts and a skateboard plaza.  The complex also takes advantage of existing trails with an outdoor education centre and cross-country ski trails for use in the winter months.

In keeping with resident’s concerns about the environmental impact of the complex, the environmentally friendly facility is designed to LEED Gold standards for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.  Design considerations include solar panels, ground source heating and cooling, as well as a grey water heat recovery system for the pool and showers areas.  A green roof is located on the south-west corner of the building directly over the pool change-rooms.

Salter Pilon Architecture is proud to be a part of the creation of this community centre that will serve the residents of West Carleton-March for years to come.

To see a short video of the project please visit the City of Ottawa youtube channel.