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  Sinclair Park Community CentreSinclair Park Community Centre


GWH Construction Management Services, Ltd.
419 Laidlaw Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0K8

General Description
 Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA
LEED® Silver Pending
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: June 2010 to Sep 2011
Total Square Feet: 17,007 Site: —  Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 3,380; first floor, 13,627; total, 17,007.
Building Height: Basement, 9’; first floor, 20'; total, 24’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced. Exterior Walls: Wood fiber, cement board siding. Roof: 2 Ply SBS membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Architect: Harold Funk Architect, Inc. - 55 Donald Street #401, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1L8
Structural Engineer: Lavergne Draward and Associates, Inc. - 402-138 Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0A1
General Contractor: Manshield Construction - 205-698 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 0X9
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: MCW/AGE Consulting Professional Engineers - 210-1821 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0G4

The Sinclair Park Community Centre expansion and renovation is the culmination of a collaborative process where the design was informed by extensive community and stakeholder input. The IDP design process commenced after completing an existing-building assessment and involved working closely with city representatives and community centre board representatives to establish a consensus based building program. The end-result embodies the wishes of the community: open and flexible multi-use spaces, large amounts of natural light, easy supervision and no corridors, high durability and low maintenance, and best practice barrier-free / accessible design.

The existing building assessment determined that the original structure had been built over three separate stages. The first and second stages were in a bad state of repair and were not suited for reuse, whereas the third stage of existing construction was of sufficient quality and construction type to be suitable for reuse in the new building. The resultant strategy incorporated 45% of the existing structure while salvaging and recycling materials from the portions that were deconstructed. The reused portions were upgraded with new windows, a new air-barrier system (above and below grade), new exterior rigid insulation (above and below grade), and new roofing with increased roof insulation.

The location of the existing structure and surrounding site constraints such as existing parking, existing hockey rink, and existing playing fields, were key determinants in the configuration of the new building. The overall size of the existing parking area decreased, even though the new building is substantially larger than the previously existing structure. This encourages the use of alternate forms of transportation while also creating a safer pedestrian circulation area, space for bicycle parking, and greatly improved accessibility for persons with mobility or vision related disabilities.

The building was planned to optimize circulation while yielding an efficient floor-plate with spaces that are adaptable to varied programmatic requirements. Emphasis was placed on creating a sense of transparency and safety, achieved through the elimination of corridors, use of large multi-purpose circulation routes, and strategically placed glazing to fill the interior with daylight while not compromising the overall performance of the building's envelope. The exterior walls were designed to achieve good thermal performance with commonly available building materials and methods, and includes a self-adhered vapour-permeable air-barrier membrane wrapped with a layer of continuous exterior insulation. The new and existing portions are therefore totally enclosed in a continuous new building envelope. All-new mechanical and electrical systems include high efficiency condensing boilers, DDC controls, low-flow fixtures, high-efficiency electrical equipment throughout, and electrical sub-metering for ongoing optimization and analysis.

The building embraces a best-practices approach to accessibility and was the recipient of a City of Winnipeg Accessibility Award in 2011. Accessible features include tactile surfaces on sidewalks for way-finding, high-contrast entrances, gently sloped ramps, low-VOC finishes, and operable doors for all key spaces. Interior and exterior finishes were selected for durability, high recycled and regional content, and low VOCs. Use of exposed fasteners for interior and exterior finish panels permits the easy servicing and replacement of the wall assembly.

Product Information
Cement Board Siding: James Hardie Roofing: Soprema Colvent 800
Exterior Panels: KWP by Kaycan Window, Entrances & Storefronts, Curtain Wall: Alumnicor
Flooring: Armstrong, Mannington

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