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Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata Selected for 2014 Wood Design Award


Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata Selected for 2014 Wood Design Award

Salter Pilon Architecture is this year’s winner of the Ontario Wood Works! 2014 Green Building Wood Design Award which was presented at the 14th annual Wood WORKS! Awards Night in Toronto.  Located in the in the north-western part of the City of Ottawa, the Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata (RRCK) was designed to fulfill a long-standing need for a major recreation complex in the rapidly growing Kanata North and West Carleton/March area. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the layout of this recreation complex includes a large double gymnasium, a fitness facility, various community spaces as well as an 8-lane 25 metre pool and leisure pool. 

With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, the City of Ottawa presented a strong sustainable design agenda. They expected better performance and low environmental impact from the construction, which made wood the logical choice given the nature of this facility.  The challenge facing us was to introduce a wood motif into the project without sacrificing functionality and still maintaining the budget.  Our firm was well suited to meet this challenge, having completed a variety of projects with wood as a major design element.  Wood elements found in the design include heavy wood timber framing, Douglas fir roof decking, solid Maple slats and Eastern White cedar planks sourced from local mills and wooden gymnasium/studio floors. In fact, 84% of all wood-based materials and products introduced on this project were Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products in accordance with the FSC’s principles and criteria.

The Green Building Award is given to the project which demonstrates the contribution of wood in the environmental performance of buildings by reducing the usage of energy and resources, minimizing pollution and sequestering carbon.