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guildford Aquatic Centre

Surrey, BC

The Guildford Aquatic Centre is a LEED Gold targeted 75,000 sq.ft. expansion of the existing Guildford Recreation Centre and comprises an 8-lane Olympic-sized swimming pool, springboard diving, a leisure pool with waterslide, lazy river and spray features, as well as a hot tub, children's area, fitness and weight room.
AME used Autodesk Revit MEP to coordinate the HVAC system within the natatorium with structural and lighting elements to achieve a clean, unobtrusive appearance. It also enabled the design team to review in greater detail the impact of the new building and mechanical systems on the existing building elements. The HVAC design uses heat recovery coils on exhaust air streams wherever practical and moves recovered heat, via a pair of high efficiency heat recovery chillers, to areas of the system that are demanding heat. Condensing boilers back up the building's heating system. AME's matrix approach helped determine the best pool filtration and treatment configuration for the facility - in this case liquid chlorine, regenerative media filters and ultra violet (UV) reactors. The facility's filtration system uses regenerative filters and perlite filter media resulting in the highest water quality currently achievable among pool filtration systems. This system not only reduces water consumption but also achieves lower operating costs.
Guildford's design provides a two-prong approach to address concerns of chloramine presence. To reduce the concentration of chloramines in the pool water, UV light is used and performs as a secondary disinfectant since it reacts with and destroys chloramines still dissolved in the pool water. Chloramine concentration in the pool hall is reduced through air exhausted from the pool gutter drain.
This facility was constructed while the existing Recreation Centre and parking remained fully operational throughout.

Architect: Bing Thom



Photo: Ema Peters

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