UBC Aquatic Centre recognized for energy conservation and building design

UBC Aquatic Centre recognized for energy conservation and building design

Since opening its doors to the public in the spring of 2017, the UBC Aquatic Centre has become an iconic part of the UBC landscape for thousands of visitors to the UBC Vancouver campus. UBC Aquatic Centre is a world-class training and competition environment integrated into a sustainable, community and recreation aquatics facility. At the heart of the facility are its four separate tanks to support leisure, recreation, and competition-calibre aquatics programs. With parent/tot swim programs occurring in the same facility as championship-calibre and Olympic-level swimmers, the hope is that the Aquatic Centre will continue to produce high performance athletes and a lifelong love of aquatics activities.

Notably, the LEED Gold certified building was also recently recognized with an ASHRAE BC Technology Award for its incredible application of energy conservation and building design. Senior Director from the Department of Athletics and Recreation, Kavie Toor  noted, “It’s great to see UBC’s integrated approach to athletics and sustainability be recognized. The vision for [the UBC Aquatic Centre] combined high-performance, community use, and sustainability; in practice, it’s turned out to be even better than we imagined.”

This is just one of many accolades for the 85,000 sq. ft. building as last month it was awarded a Dow-IOC Sustainable Futures Award and celebrated by Canadian magazine, Chatelaine, as one of the top pools in the country. While crediting the inclusion of a recreation and competition pools, the magazine highlighted the building’s innovative use of Vancouver’s rainwater for the building’s water supply as a key feature. The building saves approximately 2.7 million litres of water annually through rainwater harvesting, and almost 7,000 litres of water daily through water-efficient shower heads.

To date, the UBC Aquatic Centre has received the following awards:

  • 2018 AIA International Region Awards – Award of Merit in Open International Architecture Category
  • 2018 AIA International Region Awards – DOW-IOC Sustainable Futures
  • 2018 Global Architecture and Design Awards – ‘Re-Thinking the Future’
  • 2018 Piscine Global Europe Pool Design Awards – Third Place for the “most beautiful public pool”
  • 2018 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • Award in Architecture – Medal
  • 2018 OAA Architectural Award – Finalist
  • 2018 Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) Value of Design Awards — Award of Merit
  • 2018 Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC) Awards of Excellence — Shine Awards
  • 2018 Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia – Sustainability Awards
  • 2017 Athletic Business Architectural Showcase –
  • Facilities of Merit Design Awards
  • 2014 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence


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