Designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Marshall Tittemore Architects
Photos by Shai Gil Fotography
The Emerald Hills Aquatic Centre, owned and operated by Strathcona County, is a new addition to the recently completed Archbishop Jordan High School. The two-storey facility features a natatorium with four-lane and six-lane, 25-metre lap pools, a leisure pool, kid's teaching pool, whirlpool, steam room, and administration areas and a wellness centre. The four-lane pool will have a moveable floor, in addition to a salt water pool.
Mechanical systems utilize ultra-high efficiency condensing style boilers, air-to-air heat recovery devices (total energy recovery wheels for sanitary/outdoor air and heat pipes for pool air exhaust/outdoor air), along with variable frequency drives to lower building utility costs. Pool air handling systems rely on the relatively dry Edmonton climate by employing a push-pull ventilation unit designed to vary the flow of outdoor air into the space to dehumidify as much as ambient conditions will permit. Smith + Andersen designed the pool filtration and recirculation systems in accordance with Strathcona County's standard practice of using an approved vertical sand filtration system with additional flocculation/coagulation agents to improve filtration success along with an oxidization agent for improved swimmer comfort.
The electrical distribution design integrated all of the modern and efficient systems of the aquatics centre. The motor control centre (MCC) provides power and control to the pool systems, while two networked lighting control panels integrate the schedules, sensors and manual switches to ensure a user friendly and efficient system. The life safety systems utilize an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) inverter to provide backup power for emergency lighting without the need for remote heads and a voice fire alarm system to protect the occupants.
The telecommunications structured cabling system infrastructure design supports the back of house, wireless, access control, CCTV, audio visual, and building automation system (BAS) controls for all program areas. Category 6, CMR, horizontal cabling infrastructure is utilized for network connectivity. A single-mode OS1 fiber optic and Category 3 multi-pair copper backbone cabling is included in the design to support the network and to link between the telecommunications rooms.
Smith + Andersen designed a public address speaker system for the aquatic centre and lobbies to support various program uses. The aquatic centre features a speaker system with wireless microphones to allow instructors to conduct aquafit classes. The meeting room also features audio and visual presentation systems with integrated control for ease of use.
To minimize the night sky pollution, custom exterior poles and brackets are designed to maintain the light distribution below 80 degrees from the ground. The interior pool area is illuminated with continuous LED luminaires installed at two top corners of the prismatic ceiling. These luminaires are carefully positioned to minimize glare on the water surface and to illuminate the space, maintaining a clean ceiling look.