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Terwillegar Community Rec Centre


Designed by BBB Architects
Photos by BBB Architects

This LEED Silver Certified facility features four NHL-sized ice rinks with associated change room facilities and mezzanine-level warm viewing areas equipped with a restaurant. The arena component integrates with the recreation centre building to produce a ""community hub"" where people of all ages and abilities can gather.

S + A Services Included:


Energy efficient building mechanical systems feature air-to-air heat recovery for arena change rooms, desiccant dehumidification for the arenas and refrigeration plant waste heat reclaim for use as domestic hot water preheat, rooftop unit heating coils, desiccant dehumidification wheel regeneration, and arena spectator infloor radiant heating.


Electrical lighting systems employ occupancy sensors throughout the facility along with energy efficient fixtures where possible to reduce the overall electrical consumption. The fire alarm system is an addressable system networked to the recreation centre system. The wiring style for the detection system utilizing data communications link (DCL)-C style, complete with isolation modules. Optical beam detectors are used to provide coverage across large open spans. The fire alarm verification was complete in accordance with CAN/ULC-S537-M04 and witnessed by Smith + Andersen over the period of 4 days.


The telecommunications infrastructure designed to support back of house as well as audio/visual controls for the arenas. Category 6 horizontal cabling infrastructure was utilized for network connectivity. Coordination with the adjacent recreational centre network was also required. Design included a small computer room.


Concourse areas are illuminated with fluorescent, flat disc shaped, pendants and with concealed fluorescent luminaires located inside the main columns and protected by an impact resistant acrylic panel. Recess compact fluorescents are used under the mezzanine areas and surface mounted round luminaires are used on the walls.

The rink lighting has high-intensity discharge (HID) luminaires with fluorescent 1x4 pendants located above the seat aisles. The luminaires are located to avoid glare at the scoreboard.

At the mezzanine level with access to the spectator seats the lighting is provided by glowing cylindrical pendants and half cylinder wall mounted luminaires.


Edmonton, Alberta

Gross Floor Area

  • 172,000 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 50,000,000

Completion Year



2012 Recreation Industry Awards of Excellence - Honourable Mention