Port Coquitlam Community Centre Project

Construction is in full swing on the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, with Phase 1 opening in late August 2019 and work continuing until late 2021.

We’re replacing the aging recreation facilities and library in our downtown with a vibrant community hub, where people will gather, meet for coffee, watch or participate in activities, and access a variety of services.

Located at 2150 Wilson Avenue between Mary Hill Road and Kingsway Avenue, the 205,000-square-foot facility will include a leisure pool, three ice sheets, library, multi-use spaces, games room and lounge, café, gym, fitness centre, parking, outdoor plazas, sport courts and more.

Construction began in 2017. Existing facilities are staying open until they are replaced due to a phased approach to construction.

Project Updates

Check out the latest project updates, videos, renderings, photos and more.

Facility Information

Services, amenities and programs in the new facility.

Temporary Entrances

Pedestrians can enter on Wilson Avenue on the north side of the building, and on Mary Hill Road on the west side of the building.

There is no access from Kingsway Avenue.   

Planned Amenities

For completion dates, see Construction Timing and Impacts below.

  • Games room, Wilson lounge and kitchen with programming for youth and seniors
  • Three ice arenas (details at right)
  • Leisure pool (details at right)
  • A variety of multi-purpose rooms
  • Terry Fox Library
  • Fitness centre
  • Children’s area
  • Gymnasium
  • Outdoor plazas with seating, sport courts, amphitheatre and spray park
  • Sport medicine office
  • Underground parkade
  • Café
Aquatic Facilities

The new accessible pool will be similar in size to Hyde Creek Recreation Centre’s leisure pool and will focus on leisure and therapeutic activities.

It will feature a sloped entry, a maximum depth of 1.4m (4.6ft), and two lanes 2.8m (9ft) wide and 20m (66 ft) long.

It will be warmer and shallower than the facilities at Hyde Creek and Centennial Outdoor Pool, both of which will continue to accommodate competitive and fitness-focused swimmers. To retain the city’s competitive swimming capacity, the City has refurbished Centennial Pool, including the washroom and changing areas.

Ice Facilities

The three ice sheets will include:

  • a main spectator arena – 800 seats
  • a participant rink – approx. 150 seats
  • a multi-purpose rink with viewing opportunities from the main corridor, which will be a community gathering space

The multi-purpose rink will incorporate an accessible design that allows for standard ice uses (e.g. hockey, ringette and sledge hockey), but it will also have removable boards and other design features to allow for leisure ice, figure skating, or other specific programming that uses a non-standard ice configuration.

Construction Timing and Impacts

We are doing our best to limit the construction impacts, and appreciate your patience.

Construction Schedule

Mitigating Construction Impacts

Thank you for your patience!

Programs

City staff are working closely with users and rental groups to reduce the impact on programs as much as possible.

Some programs will be affected in the months leading up to the opening of new amenities. In some cases, programs will be temporarily closed or relocated to other sites or spaces, with ample notice provided to participants.

Users will be alerted in person and with signage and website updates.

Roadwork

Roadwork around the facility will take place periodically throughout construction.

Please follow any detours, signs and flag people, and be aware of pedestrians and what is going on around you.

Safety

Safety will be the top priority throughout the project. Public access will be limited to safe areas, but visitors can expect construction noise and vibration at times.

Stakeholder Group

A stakeholder group has been formed to provide feedback and engage with the community during the construction process.

The City has committed to keeping the public and users updated on the project’s progress and construction impacts through information bulletins, website updates and other means.

Parking

There is limited parking on the property during project construction. All on-site parking is limited to three hours and free parking is no longer available to commuters.

To ensure parking is available for visitors of the facility and local businesses, the city is actively enforcing posted parking limits at the complex and nearby streets, and issuing tickets of up to $40 when necessary.

If visiting during peak times, please give yourself extra time to secure parking, and if possible, walk, carpool or take transit.

West Coast Express commuters are encouraged to:

Trees at the Rec Complex

Construction required the removal of 122 trees that were encroaching on the building footprint or would not survive the construction. An additional 24 trees were preserved on site or relocated. Removal of the trees for construction purposes was permitted by the City’s Tree Bylaw. Ventana Construction applied for and received a Tree Removal Permit for the necessary work.

Approximately half of the trees were removed in February 2017 on the north side of the site to prepare for construction, which started in March 2017.

Background

The trees on site include a variety of different species, such as cherry, maple, spruce, pine, holly, hazel, Hawthorne, oak, Cypress, magnolia, sequoia, sweetgum and London Plane. These trees were planted during the various stages of expansion and renovation of the existing buildings.

  • Of the 122 trees identified for removal,
  • 64 trees were encroaching on the building footprint of the new complex.
  • 58 additional trees were identified for removal by a consulting arborist and City parks staff for the following reasons:
    • Many of the species are no longer recommended today due to root, disease and structural defects.
    • Many have poor structure because they were planted too close to hydro lines and have been severely pruned over the years as they grew into their semi-mature state.

Retained Trees

  • In total, the City was able to preserve 24 trees, including Japanese Cherry, Deodar Cedar, Red Oak, Pin Oak, Red Maple, Flowering Dogwood and Weeping Giant Sequoia.
  • 7 trees have been retained on the site and are being protected from the construction with fencing and signage.
  • 17 trees that were young and small enough to survive a relocation were moved to other City properties and parks.

Repurposing Trees

Where possible, the wood was considered for such uses as interior features, carving projects, outdoor kiosks, benches, interpretive signage posts, gazebo or split-rail fencing, educational materials (e.g. tree cookies/tree rings), natural play features. Branch and stem debris were chipped for mulch.

Future Trees on the Site

New trees will be planted on the site as part of the project’s landscaping plan. The City plans to plant at least one tree for each one removed. New trees that don’t fit on the site itself will be added to other City properties and parks.

The landscaping plan will ensure that the appropriate species are planted in the right locations on the site.

Soil Preparation: Pile Driving

Pile driving on the construction site took place from September 2017 to mid-January 2018, and will take place again during phase 2 construction (timing TBC).

  • Pile driving equipment will operate between 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday, and 9 am to 7 pm on Saturdays. No pile driving will take place on Sundays or statutory holidays.
  • The buildings on site, surrounding homes and businesses, and passersby will experience noise and vibrations from this activity.
  • Both Terry Fox Library and the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex will continue to operate throughout the pile driving process.
  • No health or structural impacts are anticipated (more details below under Noise and Vibrations).

Ventana will work closely with Terry Fox Library and the City to minimize the impact on services and on nearby properties, but pile driving is an inherently disruptive activity that will cause some inconvenience to users, residents and businesses in the area.

We appreciate your patience while this necessary work is completed to ensure the safe construction and long-term stability of the project.

Background

Ventana Construction, the City’s design-build partner in the project, changed the method for preparing the ground underneath the foundation in summer 2017, following recommendations from its geotechnical engineer.

Through ongoing testing and review, it was determined in July 2017 that steel piles would be required because the stone column method initially being used to densify the soil was not sufficient. A third-party geotechnical engineer and site tests have confirmed that the use of piles will meet the project requirements.

At this time there are no anticipated impacts on the overall project timeline.

Details:

  • Approximately 800 steel piles will be needed for the entire site.
  • Pile driving of the first 475 piles took place from September 2017 to January 2018.
  • The second set of piles (approximately 350) will be installed during phase 2 and is expected to take two to three months. Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in spring 2019.
  • The piles are installed using a vibrating hammer, diesel hammer or drop hammer, along with equipment to pre-drill starter holes and hold/feed piles.

Noise and Vibrations:

  • Vibrations can be felt by surrounding homes and businesses, as well as within the buildings on the site, but the level of vibration is minimal and is not expected to cause damage to any structures or health issues.
  • The nearest businesses on Wilson Avenue and homes on Mary Hill Road are about 100 feet away, and vibrations at this distance are likely to be perceptible but not troublesome. Residents and businesses further than 200 feet away are unlikely to feel much, if any, vibration. There are no known health impacts from this level of vibration.
  • The noise from piling will be audible for several hundred feet, but not at a level that can damage hearing. Sound levels to the nearest businesses and homes are estimated to be in 70 to 80 dB(a) (decibels) – below the 85 dB(a) level that Health Canada considers acceptable for an eight-hour workday.
  • The noise will not cause hearing loss for people walking or driving by the site, waiting for the bus nearby or entering one of the buildings. However, those who spend prolonged time around the site watching the construction are recommended to wear CSA-approved hearing protection.
  • Library and Rec Complex patrons may hear and feel more from the piling activities than people located off-site, but even so, the insulating capacity of the walls will prevent any hearing damage. Ventana will also be monitoring noise and vibration levels in these areas to ensure the public and staff remain safe.

Questions

Additional questions about the pile driving or construction-related matters can be directed to Stuart Kernaghan, Ventana Marketing & Communications Manager, at skernaghan@ventanaconstruction.com.

Financing and Tax Impact

The impact on taxpayers was phased in over several years. Taxpayers are paying a $25 parcel tax per property from 2017 to 2020, and property taxes increased 0.5 per cent in 2017, one per cent in 2018 and one per cent in 2019 to pay for this project. This is in addition to tax increases of 1.28 per cent in 2015 and 0.5 per cent in 2016 that were directed towards the project.

For the average homeowner, the combined levy and tax increases related to the new complex equates to approximately $110 more in property taxes each year until 2020, and $85 per year afterwards (actual dollar amount will vary based on property value).

The funds collected will initially help pay for the construction of the complex, and will then be used for a loan repayment and ongoing operational and maintenance costs.

Funding Sources
  • $17 million: sale of city-owned lands, including the former public works yard for the residential and commercial component of the project
  • $12.5 million: federal infrastructure grant
  • $41.2 million: various internal and reserve funds
  • $52 million: borrowed over a 30-year term
  • $7.3 million: Community Recreation Complex levies from 2015 to 2019
  • $2 million: $25/property parcel tax from 2017 to 2020
Parcel Tax

A $25 parcel tax will be levied to all Port Coquitlam taxpayers from 2017-2020 to help finance the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre. The tax will raise $2 million towards the construction of the facility.

Parcel Tax Details

  • The $25 parcel tax applies to every parcel in Port Coquitlam, and is the same for every parcel. (More than 99% of Port Coquitlam properties have only one parcel. However, those that do have more than one parcel will be charged $25 per parcel.)
  • The $25 parcel tax will only be levied from 2017 to 2020 – a total of $100/parcel.
  • No properties may opt out of the tax, including those that receive permissive tax exemptions (e.g. churches).
  • The funds collected will only be used for the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre project.
  • The parcel tax will appear as a distinct $25 line item on each property’s tax notice.

Why is a Parcel Tax Being Applied?

A variety of funding mechanisms are being implemented to finance the project, to mitigate the impact on taxpayers as much as possible.

The parcel tax will distribute the financing of the project among all parcels, and will only be applied for a finite amount of time (2017-2020).

Project Partner

Following a competitive process, the City selected Ventana Construction, a Burnaby-based general contractor and construction manager, to plan, design and construct the project.

An adjacent private development is also under construction and will include a mix of apartment buildings, seniors’ and rental housing, and a restaurant or café.

The residential and mixed-use components will offer various ownership and occupancy options. Development of these components will proceeded through the City’s regular approval process and dovetail with the Community Recreation Complex construction.

About Ventana

Ventana, which built the Langley Events Centre and Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, focuses on building multi-unit residential, commercial, light industrial and public recreational facilities, primarily in Metro Vancouver.

Ventana has partnered with Quantum Properties for the residential and commercial components and Architecture 49 for the design.

Quantum Properties is an Abbotsford-based real estate development and construction company that has built a number of condo and commercial-retail projects in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Architecture 49 is one of the largest architectural firms in Canada and has designed numerous recreational centres.