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Project Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge Location Calgary, AB Completion 2017 Size 23,330 m2 Client City of Calgary Project Type Concept Share this project:

Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

Health and wellness for rural and urban under one sinuous roof.

Nestled in the rolling hills of the northwest corner of Calgary, the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is a regional hub of physical activity and a multipurpose gathering space for the community. The aim of this facility is to provide the northwest edge of Calgary with essential health and wellness services. It will provide a place for gathering for a diverse community and arts programs, for health and wellness opportunities and child care services.

Conceptually, the approach for the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is to create a low, horizontal building form that is stitched into the landscape, expressing and complementing the natural contours of the site. Integrating the facility into this park-like setting provides the community with natural recreation opportunities. Multiple pathways curve throughout the site linking to the regional pathway system and connecting the community to the reconstructed wetland, the recreation facility and the hill.

All program elements of this building are set beneath a curved, undulating laminated timber roof structure that links the spaces together and responds to their individual height requirements. The ribbon-like form of the façade creates large curving expanses of glulam-supported high-performance glazing, accommodating key views from within the facility while selectively revealing the activity within to passersby. The glulam glazing supports provide warmth to the interior material palette while their depth and placement reduce glare from the low evening sun.

The Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge has been designed to be an open and active facility, integrated into the regional landscape. Targeting LEED Gold, the facility is taking steps to ensure the greenfield site is carefully enhanced while continuing to function as habitat for existing wildlife.


Year Award Organization
2020 Award for Accessibility Calgary Awards
2019 Prairie Wood Design Award – Institutional Wood WORKS! Alberta
2019 Citation (Rocky Ridge Boardwalk) Wood Design & Building Awards
2018 Winner, Special Projects Category MASI Design Awards
2018 North American Copper in Architecture Award Copper Development Association Inc.
2018 Facility of Merit Athletic Business
2018 Award of Excellence Prairie Design Awards
2018 Canadian Wood Council Award Wood Design & Building Awards
2014 Award of Excellence Recreation Industry Awards of Excellence
2013 City Edge Development Award Mayor's Urban Design Awards, Calgary



Date TitlePublication
2019.12 Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture2018-19 Wood Design Award Winners
2019.06 FeatureCopper Architecture Forum, Edition 46
2019.06 Case Study, Canadian Wood CouncilwoodWORKS!
2019.04 Design DetailsAthletic Business
2019.04 Case StudyWood Design Magazine
2019.04 Design Fit for AllCorian Design Magazine
2019.03 FeatureTECU Newsletter, Germany
2018.10 FeatureNorth American Copper Architecture Awards
2018.10 FeatureAthletic Business Showcase
2018.06 Wood Design AwardWood Designs

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