Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre


District of Vanderhoof


Carscadden Stokes, McDonald Architects Inc.


Recreation + Community


Aquatic Design, Mechanical Design




Vanderhoof, BC


The District of Vanderhoof completed a feasibility study in 2010, finding that there was both a need and desire for an indoor aquatic facility. This new Aquatic Centre, which opened January 26, 2019, is a much-needed facility for the community, providing recreation and rehabilitation opportunities.

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AME was retained as the mechanical and pool filtration consultant for this project. The $12 million Aquatic Centre includes a 25m lap pool with separate leisure and hot pools, water play features, change rooms, and support spaces.

The facility was designed with energy-efficiency and water conservation in mind. The filtration plant was designed to reduce water consumption by 50% over traditional systems. The mechanical design features energy and water efficient pool features and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Heat recovery systems have been incorporated to reduce heating and cooling requirements by recovering heat given off by the pools and transferring it back into the building. And natural ventilation strategies have been utilized to help keep the facility cooler during the summer.


Image credit to Ema Peters.