Project led by Sean Smith while employed at a previous firm
County of Brant
Structural Engineering Consultant
Providing a central community gathering space for residents of Paris, Ontario, the County of Brant’s Twin Pad Complex is equal parts athletic centre and event space.
The building features twin ice pads, providing year-round ice for local hockey, figure skating, and sledge hockey organizations, as well as conference facilities for community groups, with a banquet hall, two community multi-purpose rooms, and a conference room. The complex balances practical program needs with a focus on the spectator experience, creating a bright and welcoming environment with natural daylight throughout.
Challenge: The site selected for the project was previously a gravel pit with significant variations in existing grades. To counteract the slopes, site grading required that a large portion of the building be below grade, or that grade be brought up on the low side.
Solution: The exterior grade elevations resulted in a sloped retaining/foundation wall around one of the rinks as well as a rink slab considerably below finished exterior grade. Providing this solution allowed for a significant reduction in site work. The walls were designed to be architecturally exposed on the inside and to accommodate windows above grade, in line with the architectural intent of the facility.