The Trout Lake community facility development features a 4,100sm Community Centre completed in March 2012. Connected to the Community Centre is the Trout Lake Ice Arena, completed 2009, and used as a training venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The Community Centre building siting allows for enhanced and much improved access to the park and community facilities from Victoria drive. The design vocabulary of the ice arena informs the building design of the new Community Centre. The carefully engineered curvature of the roof and conscientious allocation of space between the two buildings allows for sweeping views of John Hendry Park. The sloped and curved roof forms of the building further reduce the apparent building height presented to the immediate neighbours. Window placement permits selected views into the building, allowing activities within the building to reveal themselves to the outside observer.
The use of reclaimed wood from the Stanley Park windstorm is a testament to the sustainability that Francl Architecture strove to achieve with this project. The Trout Lake Community Centre was designed to LEED™ Gold standard. Portions of the building, such as the gymnasium, craft and pottery spaces, are embedded into the grade; this improves energy performance by reducing the exposed envelope of the building while also diminishing the apparent bulk of the building as presented to the neighboring residences. The Community Centre was designed to ensure abundant daylight and natural ventilation throughout—these features not only improve the energy efficiency of the building but also create a natural and pleasant atmosphere.