UBC Aquatic Centre

Market & Building Type


About the Project

The UBC Aquatic Centre is a 61,000 square foot indoor aquatic centre currently in construction at the University of British Columbia’s main campus.

This facility includes a 50m competition pool, a 25m recreational pool with diving, a warm water leisure pool, and a hot tub. In addition there will be spectator seating, wet classrooms, change rooms, and meeting rooms. This aquatic centre replaces the existing aging pool with a state-of-the-art building designed for a 100 year service life. 

The structure consists of structural steel superstructure on cast-in-place concrete foundations and basement/mechanical room below grade. Long-span streel trusses support the roof over the pools, and are supported by exposed steel square columns forming an impressive V shape. 

The earthquake and wind loads are resisted by steel buckling-inhibited-braces, used for their superior seismic performance as compared to conventional steel bracing systems. Steel ribs surround the building, providing framing for the elaborate cladding which creates a sculptured effect to the appearance of the facility.

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Client: University of British Columbia

Architect: MJMA Architects + Acton Ostry Architects – Architects in Association

Budget: $30 million

Completion: 2016


2014 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

2015 American School & University Architectural Portfolio

2017 Athletic Business Facilities of Merit Awards