Located in the Riley Park-Little Mountain neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC, the 144,000+ sq. ft. Hillcrest Centre is the largest facility of its kind in the Vancouver Park Board system. It houses a new community centre, library, ice rink, curling arena, gymnasium, and the Percy Norman Aquatic Centre.
Houle was awarded several Olympic Overlay preparations through separate contracts, which was completed in conjunction with Houle’s Service team. Houle provided end-to-end wiring for the entire base building and Olympic Overlay. This included electrical contracting, security systems, networks infrastructure, building controls automation, fire alarm system, and design-assist lighting installations. The base building scope consisted of seven electrical rooms and six communications rooms connecting the swimming pool, hockey arena, change rooms, offices, common rooms and operations/mechanical rooms.
The project needed to be completed in time for the 2010 Olympic Games. Houle was able to secure quality manpower during the Olympic boom and ensure the arena was ready for early occupancy for the World Junior Curling Championships. A significant portion of the electrical rooms were in and around stairwells, resulting in challenging conduit installations. Houle needed to pay particular attention to the aesthetic quality of exposed electrical (e.g. exposed wood beams/ceiling above pool). For the lighting, Houle maintained the design-intent of the building while providing design-assist and recommendations for cost-effective solutions.
Houle delivered on this LEED Gold Olympic-sized project on-time and under budget. Despite numerous changes, Houle helped to realize over $300,000 in savings through value-added engineering (primarily lighting and electrical distribution).