New pool, seniors centre will have separate doors

A new civic facility in Minoru Park that combines a pool and seniors centre will have separate entrances and lobbies, according to a design to be presented today at city hall.

"Through the engagement process, there were concerns raised about the need to ensure safety of older adults and avoid conflicts among users by keeping spaces separate," said city managers Jim Young and Serena Lusk in a staff report.

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The 110,000-square-foot building the city calls "Minoru Complex" is budgeted at $80 million, and is scheduled for completion in June 2017.

The seniors centre portion will have two floors and a dedicated covered entrance that's "distinctly separate" from the pool and field support space. It's a separation with future "flexibility," according to staff, as "the connection between the dedicated older adults space and the facility lobby on the main floor is important to individuals likely to use both facilities."

The ground level will have features familiar to users of the existing centre. The upper floor will have multipurpose rooms and a seniors fitness area integrated with the aquatic centre's fitness space.

On the pool side, aquatic space will be on level one, while fitness and tenant space will be on level two. Pool space-6,910 square feet greater than the existing Minoru Aquatic Centre-includes two 25-metre six-lane lap pools next to a sauna, steam room, small hot pool and cold plunge pool. A leisure and teach pool is also part of the space, along with two viewing areas.

Two levels of field support space are also part of the building's design-facilities intended to replace the recently demolished Minoru Pavilion. Washrooms, showers, team rooms, referee rooms, office space, multipurpose room, outdoor viewing space and a concession are included.

The building's design will feature multiple curved roofs to take advantage of sunlight, according to the Young and Lusk report.

"Key features of the proposed building shape include an orientation to maximize natural light, views to the fields, oval track and mountains as well as connections to three plaza areas around the building perimeter."

Detailed design drawings and construction tendering is scheduled for early 2015.

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