Originally built in 1992, the Pitt Meadows Ice Arena is a recreational hub for the area that sees an estimated 50,000 visitors annually. A major restoration was deemed necessary. Some of the projects upgrades included pile replacement, seismic improvements, and a new building envelope including roof, cladding, windows, doors and a new accessible front entrance. The interior was also reconfigured to and transformed to include a new administration office, code upgrades, elevators and accessible washrooms.
The project had some major challenges to overcome, including building settlement due to rotten wood piles. Glotman•Simpson was required to find structural solutions that worked with the existing structure. One such solution was to use cantilever grade beams on jet grouted micro piles at the perimeter, tied into the existing edge beams. Another was coring through some existing grade beams to add new piles, and supporting the existing steel columns on new steel struts framing the new piles. Additionally, seismic upgrading of the new mezzanine area was done with added moment frames and steel bracing support.