May 23, 2013

CCRC wins award for Universal Design in Architecture

Celebrated honour recognizes “creative sensitivity toward the accessibility of persons with disabilities”
For Immediate Release

Edmonton, AB – May 23rd, 2013 – Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd (Kasian), in conjunction with MJM Architects, is proud to announce that the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (CCRC) has won the City of Edmonton Mayor’s Award for Universal Design in Architecture.

The City of Edmonton’s Mayor’s Awards, administered by the Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities, is given out annually to individuals, organizations and businesses within Edmonton that demonstrate a commitment to persons with disabilities. In particular, the award for Universal Design in Architecture is awarded to project teams or architects whose projects demonstrate creative sensitivity toward the accessibility of persons with disabilities.

The CCRC is only the second recreation centre to open in Edmonton in almost 30 years. Built to a LEED Silver Standard,the CCRC is a state-of-the-art multi-use complex that has been touted as ‘a real jewel in the heart of Edmonton.’ Opened in March 2012, this 220,000 square foot facility, designed by HIP Architects (now part of Kasian) and MJM Architects, was a retrofit and expansion of the original Commonwealth fitness centre that was located on the same site. The facility was funded in partnership by the City of Edmonton, Alberta Government and the Edmonton Eskimos, in order to cater to the variety of stakeholder groups in the community.

Throughout the conceptualization process, a “Design for All” (DfA) mentality was present. A number of factors were considered while creating the CCRC in order to provide accessibility to those with physical, visual and cognitive limitations. Some of the factors that the construction of the facility addressed include increased mobility, equal access, visual enhancement and barrier-free facility usage. “One of the design intents was to have the facility be seamlessly accessible, with no separation or obvious methods used to achieve a barrier free design,” says Stewart Inglis, Kasian’s principal in charge for the CCRC project. “The facility just easily accommodates all patrons. The light open central areas make wayfinding intuitive for a variety of users.” 

The resulting all-inclusive facility offers a wide range of recreational, fitness, wellness and social experiences in both casual and structured capacities including aquatics, artificial turf sports, batting-cage practice, gym work, fitness classes, indoor track, and community events. A place for the public to congregate and a catalyst for increasing the health and wellness in the City of Edmonton, the CCRC is undoubtedly a model of universal design and place-making entity for the community.


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