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Natural wetlands and rolling foothills are the backdrop of the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, a stunning community center that features mass timber. The three-storey center measures 26,385 m², housing multiple fitness and sport facilities as well as a public library, theater, youth center, and meeting rooms. One of its outstanding features is the curvilinear shape and undulating roof, inspired by the surrounding geography.
The exterior is covered in brass panels that will weather to match the countryside. The structural system features exposed, curved long-span glulam beams and cross-bracing with steel supports. Despite the design’s complexity, the prefabrication of the glulam elements and the use of parametric and BIM software brought significant cost savings to the project, while simplifying material shipping and storage requirements.
- LEED Gold certification
- Awarded the 2019 Wood WORKS! Prairie Wood Design Award, 2018 Canadian Wood Council Award, and 2018 Prairie Design Award of Excellence
- CLT elements are manufactured with LOCTITE HB X202