The Meadows Community Recreation Centre and Library is a 20,900-square-metre facility which includes an aquatic complex, a twin-sheet ice arena, a gymnasium, a two-level fitness area with an indoor track, community multipurpose rooms, and a 1400-square-metre space for the Edmonton Public Library. Williams Engineering (WE) provided mechanical, electrical and civil consulting engineering services to this $91 million facility. The building has achieved LEED® Silver certification as mandated by the City of Edmonton.
The energy-efficient mechanical system is designed to provide a high level of comfort and indoor air quality. The library area is equipped with a raised floor system with displacement ventilation, and the demand-controlled ventilation uses carbon dioxide sensors located in the space. The ice storage system from the ice rink refrigeration is used to satisfy building cooling requirements. Condensing boilers combined with cascading heating water are designed to maximize boiler efficiency and minimize pump flow.
WE designed all the power and distribution for the recreation centre and library, including the aquatic centre and ice arena process equipment. Lighting fixtures and a digital lighting control system were designed to meet LEED® Silver criteria. The exterior grounds and parking lot feature dark sky-compliant lights and specialty accent lighting for outdoor use areas such as a culture court, outdoor skating, and basketball. An integrated communications backbone was designed for the latest and future technology involving fibre optic and wireless access. Life safety systems include a fire alarm, emergency lighting, and a backup UPS system. The security infrastructure is designed to allow for multi-zoned access and incorporated close-circuit IP cameras.
WE was proud to work on the Meadows Community Recreation Centre and Library and assist in the facility achieving LEED® Silver Certification!