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East Elmwood Community Centre

Project Description

Following the loss of their original building to arson in 2011, the new East Elmwood Community Centre (EECC) is certified LEED Gold. Its new location and diverse building requirements were determined through substantial community consultation.

Featuring a 5,000-square-foot fitness centre with regulation-sized gymnasium, the new EECC is fully accessible. It includes multi-purpose and meeting rooms, a full-service commercial kitchen, parking lot, locker rooms, and the development of the surrounding 270,000 square foot park, including ice rinks and soccer fields.

Together with BridgmanCollaborative Architecture (BCA), a series of workshops were held. This was to ensure both project stakeholder and community concerns were being addressed. EECC brings many services together under one roof and was a joint initiative between the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba.

Despite the neighbourhood excitement, CPI took several measures to reduce the amount of construction noise, debris and general disruption. The project team worked hard to maintain a clean site, limit debris and ensure all construction materials were stored neatly. CPI also consulted with EECC representatives to establish times for excess noise and communicated the schedule to the neighbourhood.

Certified LEED Gold, the new centre features many environmentally friendly initiatives including low-flow plumbing, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and parking spaces for 21 bicycles. To achieve LEED Gold status, CPI diverted 95% of construction waste from the landfill, by reducing unnecessary material arriving onsite, as well as recycling and salvaging for reuse.

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