Ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, residences were needed to accommodate the world’s athletes in Whistler. A number of challenges faced the design team, among them keeping costs in check, designing to required standards, coordinating with multiple levels of government and governing bodies and dealing with the local wildlife – the four-legged kind. Bears were so plentiful during the build phase that local conservation officers had to be called in to assist.
Well-designed, well-planned, well-executed. The four-storey, 100 room project was completed before the anticipated due date and within the existing budget requirements.
Site-built truss roofs and heavy, natural timber canopies complement the architecture while providing protection from the elements. Low temperature radiant ceiling panels cool and heat the rooms throughout the facility using hydronics pulled from the local district energy system. Building on existing landfill helped reduce the project’s environmental footprint. Designed to LEED Silver standards and stringent Whistler Green guidelines, the lodge incorporated a detailed Environmental and Wildlife Management Plan.
The Olympic-inspired interior is designed in gold, silver and bronze with the ring motif featured prominently in the ceiling and floor details, millwork, wall finishes and lighting fixtures. As the lodge itself was located on the traditional territory of three First Nations, indigenous art in the form of sculpted metal panels was incorporated into the design to recognize their contributions.
Britco’s unique, innovative solutions were so impressive that the project won a prestigious international award for Best Modular Building in North America. The lodge is still used as a training facility for athletes.