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Publications

Aquatic Facility Design Trends

by Vic Davies The realization that swimming pools must cater to a wider variety of the population than just the competitive swimmer reached British Columbia in the early 1980’s when municipalities contemplating new aquatic facilities decided to follow the European trend of leisurization in aquatic facility design. Since then, great strides have been made in this province in facility planning, design and operation. British Columbia is now leading Canada in this field. Design management professionals from all over the country are traveling to British Columbia’s aquatic facilities in ever increasing numbers to view the latest designs and operation techniques. British Columbia’s aquatic facility...

A Case for Leisurizing

Aquatic facilities can follow the traditional competitive pool route or the water-as-playground philosophy. But they needn't be mutually exclusive. by Vic Davies The realization that swimming pools must cater to a wider variety of the population than just the competitive swimmer was highlighted in most municipalities in New Zealand following local authority amalgamations in 1989. Parks and recreation staff throughout the country were asked to look very closely at the cost of operating swimming pool facilities and trim deficits. This happened at the same time I visited New Zealand for the first time as a guest speaker at an Australasian Pool Managers Conference...

Waves of the Future

Lets capture the ocean – Indoors!! “If we can’t take the kids to the ocean, lets bring the ocean to the kids” – that’s the catch phrase now sweeping municipalities in Canada when they fully realized the benefits of installing an indoor wave pool in their general catchments area. The past decade in British Columbia alone has seen 8 such indoor facilities completed with another 4 presently on the drawing board. Alberta is fast following the trend. Recreation and leisure swimming has been revolutionized throughout the country since the advent of the indoor wave pool in Canada during the mid ’80s. The...

Pooling Resources

by Vic Davies © 2001 Athletic Business Magaizine. Reprinted with permission Myriad ideas may be borrowed from outdoor waterparks to put the "leisure" in indoor leisure pools. At the bottom of the world resides one of the finest examples of how to integrate a multilevel leisure pool concept into a natural rock and vegetation environment. Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve in New Zealand, 90 miles north of Christchurch, has been harmonizing with nature in one form or another since 1859. The hot springs facility, through two major expansions, has been transformed from a series of drab rectangular and hexagonal pools to several interconnected...

Now thats Entertainment!

Despite the fact that Europe, during the late 1960's and 70’s, had introduced “leisure pools”, it was not a concept that was readily accepted in Canada until the early 1980’s. With the larger cities tending to adopt an approach of “let someone else try it”, it was the smaller, more isolated communities in British Columbia who had the foresight and courage to introduce entertainment in recreation facilities. Isolated towns such as Tumbler Ridge, Gold River, and Smithers, where winter conditions are extreme, managed to provide innovative, multi use leisure facilities allowing fun, enjoyment, and entertainment within very limited budgets. A basic “kit”...

Dream Facilities

Today's top designers lay out their blueprints for the aquatics landscape of tomorrow. by Vic Davies and Robert Bignold © 2005 Aquatics International Regional Draw: This indoor/outdoor facility is designed for versatility. The competition pool offers two movable bulkheads and an adjustable floor to support everything from swim meets to water workouts. The teaching pool can also be converted into a warm-water therapy pool. But the large wave pool is the star attraction, with play structures and spray areas that appeal to all ages. This multipurpose dream facility is located at the crossroads of three closely-knit cities (in Washington State). Its location, a...

Kootenay Business - August 2012

Cranbrook RecPlex becomes Western Financial Place: The largest sports and entertainment venue in the Kootenays has a new name. Today, the Cranbrook RecPlex became Western Financial Place, in recognition of the facility's new sponsor, Western Financial Group (Western). The 10-year partnership agreement, including naming rights and other sponsorship and usage commitments, totals $750,000-including an advance of $500,000. A world-class recreation facility: The complex (designed by VDA), opened October 13, 2000, has a lap and wave pool, racquet ball/squash courts, an ice rink that's home to the Kootenay Ice Western Hockey League team and hosts world-class events, such as the upcoming Bob...

New Website Launched

VDA have reformatted and relaunched their website to highlight the depth of experience and vast array of projects they have undertaken over the past 26 years. The partners and staff are excited to share this site with their current and future clients. The new look of the page reflects the full range of projects that have been completed by our design team and highlights a variety of building types. As the site came  together even we were impressed with the diversity of project types and how many communities we have been involved with. Stay tuned to see where the next VDA...

VDA Reaches a Milestone

VDA's 100th recreation project currently under construction! The Pictou County Sport, Recreation and Wellness Centre in Nova Scotia is currently under construction, but when the project is complete it will represent a milestone for the VDA design team: 100 constructed recreation/community projects. We don't have long to bask in the glow of this accomplishment though, because the 101st project (the Swan Valley Recreation and Wellness Centre in Manitoba) will be complete in April 2012... the start of the next 100 projects!...

Katzie First Nation

VDA is pleased to begin design work on a health and community centre for Katzie First Nation in Pitt Meadows. This exciting project will include health and wellness facilities as well as community gathering space.  VDA is excited to undertake the develop of this project and blend our design skills with rich heritage and culture of the Katzie people....

Fort Chipewyan Aquatic Centre

Continuing to spread the VDA design philosophy throughout Alberta, we are delighted to work with the team at IBI Group on a new aquatic facility in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. With construction to be completed in June 2015 the design team is already well into schematic design....

VDA and Town of Comox

VDA is pleased to be awarded the Town of Comox Municipal Works Yard Upgrade Project. We have worked with the staff and residents of Comox on several projects and are excited to continue our relationship with them and the dedicated team at RDH Building Engineering....

Westhills - YMCA/YWCA - Langford Aquatic Centre

Work is well underway on the construction documents for this exciting new facility that will round out the exceptional leisure, fitness, and sport facilities in the City Park area of Langford. The facility, which includes a lap pool, lazy river, warm water therapy pool, waterslide, health and fitness facility and daycare centre, is slated for completion in the fall of 2015...

The Cannery - Seaside Living in Cowichan Bay

Design for this exciting new project is nearing completion for a November 2013 construction start. The 25 unique one and two bedroom units sit ocean front in spectacular Cowichan Bay....

Aquatic Centre and Curling Facility

VDA is pleased to be working with the Town of Cochrane Alberta on the development of a 25m competition/lap pool and large wave pool with an integrated leisure pool and tots area, and separate therapy pool....