Construction on a new $45-million sports complex with two NHL-sized ice rinks is scheduled to begin soon.
The City of Burnaby is building the new facility at 7789 18th Street — a large vacant property on the northwest corner of the intersection of 10th Avenue and 18th Street in South Burnaby. It is located next to Byrne Creek Community School and within a short walking distance from SkyTrain’s Edmonds Station.
The 90,000-sq-ft facility will entail 200 to 300 spectator seats for each rink, a warm viewing area, spaces dry-floor sports and public gatherings, multipurpose and meeting rooms, and a skate shop. A large lobby space will provide a common space that connects all the areas.
“We have designed the arena roofs with north-facing, glazed windows. This concept rethinks traditional arena design by providing an enhanced skating experience through natural light and a connection to outside,” reads the design rationale by HCMA Architecture + Design.
“The interesting roof form will be visible at both street level and from neighbouring residential buildings.”
According to a recent city staff report, South Burnaby Arena will be funded through the municipality’s Community Benefit Bonus funds, which is raised from the developers when the city approves additional density for development projects.
The municipal government expects it will select a contractor this May, which will lead to the commencement of construction in mid-June. It will take about 24 months to build the new facility.
The ice rinks will provide much-needed amenity spaces to the area around Edmonds Station, which is experiencing significant densification. In particular, the site of the facility is immediately adjacent to Ledingham McAllister’s 51-acre redevelopment of the old Safeway distribution centre and dairy plant, which will be turned into a new mixed-use neighbourhood with 20 towers up to 46 storeys in height.