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Urban Architecture - Award of Excellence

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre

  • Architect: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, in joint venture with HIP Architects
  • Landscape Architect: ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. 
  • Project Owner: The City of Edmonton and The Edmonton Eskimos Football Club

Location:  1100 Stadium Road

Project Description

The Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (CCRC) is a joint-use partnership between the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club.

It combines football operations, stadium programming, and recreation centre.

The facility adaptively reuses the 1978 stadium and connects these user groups over 4 stories through a cascading promenade.

The project has successfully revitalized a vacant stadium ground into a 24/7 urban park and community destination.

Building Part I

Three primary masses: Field House, Aquatics and Gymnasium — respond to the dynamic triangulated geometries of the site and frame a central lobby space —‘the Social Heart’. These in turn define three exterior forecourt spaces. 

Urban Planning

The project’s planning interconnects the fabric of a underdeveloped neighbourhood, creates a year round community park, and draws the public from all three sides to a new Social Core. Park promenades are developed N-S and E-W through the building to connect community, transit, and the CCRC.

Urban Responses

Frontages: The building frontages respond uniquely and contextually to the park, road and stadium.

Event Plaza: EDC support for a public event space on the site was incorporated in the building’s forecourt & parking area.

Entrance Courts: Three distinct entry spaces are created and linked to community.

Connections: The site design creates urban scaled pedestrian promenades that connect neighbourhoods and transit.

Garden Buffer: The large scale and powerful green buffer of the original stadium design was reinforced and extended.

Public Art: The architects worked with Edmonton Arts Council to select artists to  incorporate public art and encouraged urban scale artistic responses.

Juror Comments

  • Extremely well designed in terms of the immensity of the site.
  • This project will serve as a nice core anchor for further development.
  • This project demonstrates the merits of the City investing money to stimulate the private sector.
  • Excellent flexible use of public/parking space. This project is a great achievement for this building type.  
  • To have a building of this scale with only a small “back” is an achievement.
  • It is very complex in terms of access, entrances and LRT connections.

For More Information

Brian Van Sickle

Title Senior Urban Designer



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