The Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Surrey, B.C. has earned the city a Wood WORKS! BC 2010 Community Leader Award.Designed by CEI Architecture Planning Interiors, the centre opened in May 2010 as a 20,000-square-foot, multi-use recreational centre. It had originally been built as the Surrey Games Preparation Centre, used to train the Vancouver Winter Olympics volunteers.
The City of Surrey won the award for being an advocate of wood in its public buildings.
Wood is a predominant element in the centre’s design. It is used structurally to support a 40-foot glass cube that serves as the entrance to the building; wood also forms the “swooping edge” shape of the roofline, and it’s used in non-structural components within the facility, CEI noted in a news release.
“We wanted to use wood in a way that would showcase this beautiful, important British Columbia natural resource to the world during the Games,” said Mark Hentze, a partner at CEI Architecture.
Wood WORKS! is a national initiative of the Canadian Wood Council. Its goal is to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products.