Port Coquitlam Community Centre Project

Port Coquitlam Community Centre

Construction is in full swing at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, with Phase 1 completed late August 2019 and work continuing on Phase 2 until fall 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

Status updates, videos, renderings, photos and more.

Facility Information

Services, amenities and programs in the new facility.

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.

Parking

Please use the overflow parking lots noted on the map below. See the Construction Timing and Impacts section below for more information about parking.

Facility Amenities

For specific completion dates, see Construction Schedule section below. Please note that some facilities may be closed or limited due to the pandemic. Click here for COVID-19 City service and facility updates.

Phase 1 (completed March 2020):

  • Games room, Wilson lounge and kitchen with programming for youth and seniors
  • Two of three ice arenas (details below)
  • Leisure pool (details below)
  • Multi-purpose rooms
  • Terry Fox Library
  • Fitness centre
Aquatic Facilities

The accessible pool completed in spring 2020 is similar in size to Hyde Creek Recreation Centre’s leisure pool and focuses on leisure and therapeutic activities. Features include:

  • Sloped entry, a maximum depth of 1.49m (4.9ft)
  • Two swimming lanes 2.8m (9ft) wide and 20m (66 ft) long
  • Steam room, sauna and hot tub
  • Accessible changerooms
  • Lazy river and play features

Competitive and fitness-focused swimming continue to be offered at Hyde Creek and the refurbished Centennial Outdoor Pool.

Phase 2 (completed Fall 2021):

  • Third arena with seating for 780 (details below)
  • Children’s area
  • Gymnasium
  • Outdoor plazas with seating, sport courts, amphitheatre and spray park
  • Large multi-purpose room
  • Underground parkade
  • Café
Ice Facilities

The three ice sheets include:

  • a participant rink – approx. 150 seats (now open)
  • a multi-purpose rink with viewing opportunities from the main corridor, which will be a community gathering space (now open)
  • a main spectator arena – 780 seats (open in 2021)

The multi-purpose rink incorporates an accessible design that allows for standard ice uses (e.g. hockey, ringette and sledge hockey), but also has 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 on the Site

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 site is now completed. Pile driving took place from September 2017 to mid-January 2018 and from November 2019 to spring 2020. Steel piles were used to prepare the ground to ensure the safe construction and long-term stability of the project.

Ventana, the City’s design-build partner in the project, worked closely with the City to minimize the impact on services and on nearby properties.

We appreciate the patience of users, residents and businesses in the area while this necessary work was completed.

Details:

  • Approximately 825 steel piles are needed for the entire site. The first 475 piles were installed during Phase 1, from September 2017 to January 2018.
  • The second set of piles (approximately 350) were installed during Phase 2, from mid-November 2019 to spring 2020.
  • 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.
  • The noise from piling was not at a level that can damage hearing. Sound levels to the nearest businesses and homes (about 100 feet away) were estimated to be 70 to 80 decibels – below the 85 decibel level that Health Canada considers acceptable for an eight-hour workday.
  • Noise and vibration levels were monitored throughout the process to ensure the public and staff remained safe.

Questions

Questions about 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 paid 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 was 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 equated 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 initially helped pay for the construction of the complex, and then applied to 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 was levied to all Port Coquitlam taxpayers from 2017-2020 to help finance the Port Coquitlam Community Centre. The tax raised $2 million.

Parcel Tax Details

  • The $25 parcel tax applied 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 did have more than one parcel were charged $25 per parcel.)
  • The $25 parcel tax was only levied from 2017 to 2020 – a total of $100/parcel.
  • No properties could opt out of the tax, including those that receive permissive tax exemptions (e.g. churches).
  • The funds collected were only used for the Port Coquitlam Community Centre project.
  • The parcel tax appeared 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 distributed the financing of the project among all parcels, and was only 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 offer various ownership and occupancy options. Development of these components proceeded through the City’s regular approval process to dovetail with the Community Centre 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.