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City of Surrey adding new recreational centres in 2017 to meet demand

Jean Sorensen
City of Surrey adding new recreational centres in 2017 to meet demand

Surrey, Metro Vancouver’s booming Fraser Valley community, has earmarked more than $140 million for new capital expenditure recreation buildings to accommodate its burgeoning, multi-generation population.

The expenditures include a new North Surrey Arena budgeted at $45 million, a new arena and work at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds budgeted at $35 million, the Clayton Heights recreation, arts and library centre budgeted at $40 million, a joint-venture on a new YMCA at City Centre with the city supplying $20 million (the YMCA will match), plus a new operations centre in the planning.

The new capital expenditures result from the need for new facilities as increased growth in populations in the Metro Vancouver region occur and to replace aging infrastructure. The city is adding residents at the rate of 1,000 month, said Scott Groves, civic facility manager. As density increases recreational facilities are becoming congregation areas for individuals.

"They become like a living room," he said as they provide spaces for retired seniors, who pack facilities during the day, venues for keeping kids active and off the street, and places for new immigrants and individuals of ethic roots to connect in lounges and multi-purpose areas.

North Surrey Arena and the Cloverdale Arena, the two new ice arenas, could begin construction as early as summer 2017.  Each of the arenas will have two National Hockey League-sized ice surfaces, nine change rooms, four referee rooms, a first aide room, sound and announcing rooms, 250-seats with overhead heating, mechanical and service spaces, plus lobby and concession stand areas.


The North Surrey Arena project is a replacement of an older 50-year-old existing structure which has one sheet of ice plus an addition housing a second sheet of ice. "They (buildings) have really reached the end of their usefulness," said Laurie Caven, the city’s general manager of parks, recreation and culture. The new facility will house two sheets of ice and be constructed using design-build. Turnbull Construction Project Managers Ltd. has been chosen as project managers. Turnbull has worked on a number of other arenas for the city in the past. The contract for construction was slated to be awarded Nov. 7. Construction of the new facility is slated to begin summer of 2017.


The new Cloverdale Arena, part of a city review of its master plan for the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, is a replacement structure and the one building will house two sheets of ice at the existing fairgrounds. The city will evaluate various design proposals with a project manager from the city and a construction manager who will work with general contractors to obtain the best value for price. The project could also begin construction as early as spring 2017, but should be underway in mid-2017. The hard construction costs for the arena are estimated at $25 million.

Following a request for proposals (RFP), Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design Inc. has been awarded the contract for architectural and design services and to review the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Master Plan which encompasses 138 acres of land and facilities with some operated by the Lower Fraser Valley Exhibition Association. The city operates 60,000 square foot recreation centre, the Cloverdale Arena (built in 1972) and the Cloverdale Curling Club (built in 1980). The site also offers harness racing and gaming. Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design will also provide design and construction administration on the new arena.


Surrey has allocated $40 million for a community centre with a library, arts centre, and recreation centre in the Clayton Heights area. "This is an area that has been growing super-fast but has no indoor recreation space," said Groves, as the area is now sharing facilities with the nearby Cloverdale area.

The city is currently in the concept design stage and starting public consultation. The city is looking for a design that meets a sustainable or Passive House standard. Architectural firm HCMA Architects and Design has been awarded the contract for design and contract administration of the community centre.  It is expected that construction might begin in fall 2017 and will be completed in 2019.  A RFP for a geotechnical survey consultant firm to carry out work in the area are under review by the city for the facility, which will be located at 18680 & 18714 – 72 Ave., Surrey, B.C.


This would be the second YMCA built in Surrey.  Surrey is currently reviewing submissions from its call for expressions of interest and statement of qualification from third parties, who may have a site around the City Centre SkyTrain station. Surrey is interested in the potential integration of YMCA Community Centre with a mixed-use development by a third party in the City Centre.  The ideal site is no more than 400 metres from the transit station. The new Y will total approximately 60,000 square feet of gross floor space and be in a highly visible building. Construction on two or three levels as a podium within a multi-use, multi-level building is acceptable to the city.  The city is estimating that the construction cost at the already serviced site area will be approximately $33 million. Parking facilities and soft costs such as permitting are attributed to the remaining $7 million. The joint-venture facility amenities are expected to include an aquatic centre, fitness centre, a gathering or resource area, multi-purpose gymnasium, smaller multi-purpose rooms and administration and staff space. In addition, if budget is available, the city wants to provide a climbing wall and walk/jog track. The new facility is projected to open in 2021.


Bruce Carscadden Architect Inc. has been given the contract by Surrey, following a RFP, to provide comprehensive architectural and professional design services including construction administration, hand over and closeout of Surrey South Operations Centre in Surrey.

The new operations centre will provide a centre for staff in charge of the parks and recreation facilities and programming. The new facility will be located at 16666 24 Avenue.

Following a RFP call, the City of Surrey has awarded the contract for commissioning agent and authority for this facility to Kane Consulting Partnership. The systems to be commissioned include site development, building envelope, fire protection systems, plumbing, HVAC systems, building automation systems, electrical systems, as well as communications and security.  Tenders for geotechnical consultant on the project are currently under review by the city.

No cost figures are available for the operations centre.

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