Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre

South shore Nova Scotian building combines sustainable
design and local culture

Both the land and the sea provided design inspiration for this new lifestyle centre on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Lunenburg County is both coastal and deeply forested with centuries-long traditions of timber construction and wooden boat building.

BY JARLE LOVLIN AND KEITH TUFTS

Both the land and the sea provided design inspiration for this new lifestyle centre on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Lunenburg County is both coastal and deeply forested with centuries-long traditions of timber construction and wooden boat building.

Rolling hills overlook the many bays along the Atlantic Ocean where the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre sits within an undulating forest setting. This context informed the design approach for the project.

The $35-million facility hosts community, recreation and cultural events while promoting individual health, literacy and fitness. The engaging connections created by the diverse program, visual transparency and a clear plan create a strong sense of place and a destination embraced by local residents.

The 10,200m² recreation program is divided into four main components: an NHL regulation-sized ice surface; an aquatics facility that includes a six-lane, 25-metre lap pool, a leisure pool, and a therapy spa pool; a 740m² regional library, and a complement of fitness, multi-purpose and administrative spaces.

The arena is acoustically designed to operate as a hockey rink, concert venue and conference facility. Raised seating in the arena provides improved spectator viewing and unimpeded circulation around the rink for conference and concert use.

The joint venture architectural team wanted to achieve a strong architectural expression that would be regionally and culturally appropriate, while addressing an ambitious environmental agenda on a demanding site.
One of the challenges was to accommodate a five-metre drop in landscape running diagonally across the site from west to east. Taking advantage of the natural slope, the arena was nestled into the hillside, so that the upper concourse seating would be at the facility’s entry level. The more contemplative program elements were located at that southern end of the building, providing light, views and direct access to a landscape of preserved trees and the stream that defines the southern boundary of the site.

Jarle Lovlin is a Principal OF Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., www.dsai.ca .  Keith Tufts is a principal of Lydon Lynch Architects, www.lydonlynch.ca .

  • PROJECT CREDITS
    Client Lunenburg County Multipurpose Centre Corporation
    Architects Lydon Lynch / Diamond Schmitt Joint Venture
    Project Architects Mark Atwood, Jarle Lovlin
    Mechanical/Electrical Engineer M&R Engineering
    Structural Engineer Campbell Comeau
    Landscape Architect/Civil Engineer Ekistics/VMP/ABLE
    Pool Consultant Jamie Lopes
    Rink Consultant Custom Ice
    Acoustic Consultan t  Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
    Environmental Consultant Strum Engineering
    General Contractor Bird Construction
    Illustrations Lydon Lynch Architects
    Photos James Ingram / Lydon Lynch Architects
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  • PROJECT PERFORMANCE
    – Energy intensity = 242eKWh/m²/year
    – Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under MNECB 1997 = 63%
    – Potable water consumption from municipal sources = 3704m³/year
    – Reduction in potable water consumption relative to LEED 2009 reference building = 47%
    – Recycled material content = 30.65%
    – Regional materials = 30.54%
  • MATERIALS
    – Mixed concrete, steel and wood construction
    – Dual core energy recovery ventilators made by Tempeff in Manitoba
    – Pool dehumidification and energy recovery unit with energy recycling indoor pool dehumidification system designed and built by Seresco Technologies in Ottawa
    – Arena refrigeration plant captures waste heat for pool water heating
    – Roof-mounted solar panels for heating domestic and pool water
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