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Richmond Olympic Oval // CannonDesign

6111, River Road, Richmond, Canada

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The signature venue of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, the Richmond Olympic Oval is the first Olympic speed-skating facility ever designed for long-term use. The building spurred the creation of a new urban waterfront neighborhood in Richmond, BC and continues to nourish and support it. Historically, indoor long-track facilities that have been built solely to host Olympic speed-skating events have faced significant revenue and operations challenges post-Games because of their size.

Richmond Olympic Oval exterior - © CannonDesign

Richmond Olympic Oval exterior - © CannonDesign

© Andrew Doran

© Andrew Doran

The Oval is different in that it continues to enrich its community as an international center for sports and wellness and venue for community events. The Oval’s level of program convertibility and multi-sport use is unprecedented in high-performance sport buildings. The main activity space allows ice sports to co-exist with other sports or community uses simultaneously and the facility can revert to a speed skating oval.

© CannonDesign

© CannonDesign

The Richmond Olympic Oval collects rainwater for reuse. - © CannonDesign

The Richmond Olympic Oval collects rainwater for reuse. - © CannonDesign

The building is also a model for sustainable design, earning LEED Silver and generating operational cost savings across its lifespan – .

Richmond Olympic Oval exterior - © CannonDesign

Richmond Olympic Oval exterior - © CannonDesign

The defining roof of the Richmond Olympic Oval. - © CannonDesign

The defining roof of the Richmond Olympic Oval. - © CannonDesign

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