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East Hants Aquatic Centre


Elmsdale will be home to a new $19-million aquatic centre in 2019. The centre will include a six-lane, 25-metre lap pool, an accessible leisure spray pool, a lazy river and feature spaces such as a splash pad, a slide and a community room. Smith + Andersen is providing both electrical and mechanical engineering on the aquatic centre. Footprint, a member of the Smith + Andersen Group of Companies, is also engaged to provide energy modelling services.

During design development, the energy model was used to validate oil-fired heating as the most economical means of heating the building, however, the building was also designed with the flexibility to switch to full electric heat in the future. A cost-effective LED lighting control system will enable/disable light fixtures on a scheduled basis and, with the use of photocells, will also dim the fixtures to maximize natural light. Smith + Andersen also provided a lighting inverter system for life safety emergency back-up power, eliminating the need for a standby diesel generator that requires frequent maintenance.

Our mechanical scope included HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, pool recirculation/filtration and building control systems. A source capture exhaust system was included to seize chloramines (collecting at low levels within the aquatics centre) and exhaust them directly to the atmosphere. This system will improve air quality for pool occupants. Plumbing systems will include domestic cold/hot water systems, sanitary and storm systems, and low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation. Variable frequency drives will also be installed on the majority of equipment motors to save energy and reduce wear-and-tear.

Renderings courtesy of TEAL Architects.


Elmsdale, NS

Gross Floor Area

  • 28,100 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 19,000,000

Completion Year