Olympic Hero

Glass and translucent polycarbonate walls on the exterior provide color variation as well as views inside the facility.

The Richmond Oval consists of three layers but the most well-known is the vaulted sports hall, home to speed skating events for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Designed as a legacy building, the Oval will transform into a multifunction space for public use.

Between the steel trusses and main arches are WoodWave panels, which consist of three parallel "v" trusses or hollow arched triangular sections that are laid side by side and connected by plywood to form a long panel.

The ceiling panels conceal sprinkler lines, and an acoustic liner and mineral wool insulation to help manage noise. The shadow pattern and visual texture on the WoodWave panels are created by filigreed lumber strands.

The shape of the roof references the wing of a heron, Richmond'ss official bird. It is supported by buttresses featuring sculptural reliefs that reference Vancouver's heritage and First Nation population.

Post-games, transition plans include a center for elite athletes; two ice rinks; a court section featuring hardwood and rubber surface areas; and a track and field section.

Post-games, transition plans include fitness areas. The facility will retain the ability to be reconfigured for short- and long-track speed skating events as needed.

Indoors, the lower two floors are formed by cast-in-place concrete.

The roof, one of the largest clearspans in North America, perches atop concrete buttresses. The main arches are positioned 47 feet apart and feature twinned glulam components connected by a steel truss.

An exploded axonometric show the various layers comprising the Oval.

The curves of the structure are supported by 34 yellow cedar glulam posts.

During the 2010 Olympic Games, eyes were focused on the ice, but there's no denying that the soaring roof commands attention. British Columbia mills provided a range of materials, including 1 million board feet of spruce, pine, and fir lumber affected by a mountain pine beetle infestation in the province's interior; 19,000 sheets of Douglas fir plywood for the roof panels; and 1 million board feet of Douglas fir lam stock lumber for the glulam beams.

A court section featuring hardwood surface areas is part of the legacy plans for the Oval.

The triangular cores of the roof system conceal mechanical and electrical systems.

Public areas include a fitness area.

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