Location: Blackfalds, AB
Project Value: $17 Million
In keeping with the theme of architectural integration of both site and building our design project for the Town of Blackfalds created a unique opportunity for a recreation centre to be designed in a naturalized area that is fully treed with natural slopes and water areas.
The Town of Blackfalds identified a need to create a recreation destination area for the citizens of Blackfalds which incorporated the natural beauty and topography of their selected site, the link to the Trans Canada Trail and the development of a quality recreational facility. This facility incorporates a multipurpose field house, an integrated running track, programmed space, indoor child playground, indoor fitness facility and the integration of the Trans Canada Trail inside the facility with over 60,000 sq. ft. of recreation space.
The mature, fully treed site has rolling hills and waterways which the design team incorporated into the design of the facility. It was the intent of the team to integrate the building into a prominent hillside which will accomplish a few things. Firstly, it will lessen the visual mass impact of the large field house component of the complex and it gives the design team a unique opportunity to develop the Trans Canada Trail system of the outdoor park to fully transition from outside to inside. This is done seamlessly by using the hillside berm as the entry to the building directly onto the second floor of the field house facility continuing throughout the building and down to the main floor and back outside connecting to the internal site pathways. This creates a virtual indoor/outdoor Trans Canada Trail system for the first time in Canada.
The site development retains 90% of the existing tree groves that creates breathtaking views from the various sport facilities throughout the building. The building design and material selection compliment the natural setting as well as the existing architectural vocabulary of the town buildings.
Architecture | Tkalcic Bengert also created a full marketing package for the Town of Blackfalds, including logo and brochure development for fundraising efforts, as well as the wayfinding package for the facility.