Newton Field House wins prestigious AIBC Award
November 9, 2015
Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey’s recently constructed Field House in Newton Athletic Park has received a 2015 Award of Excellence from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). The award was presented to Public Architecture + Communication Inc., the firm responsible for its design.
The 100m2 field house, which contains bathroom facilities and a mechanical room for a new waterpark, was built to visually complement the waterpark and a large scale, destination playground that is popular with park visitors. The building’s unique form was inspired by the overlapping folds of a soccer ball which is a nod to its surroundings; this circular shape offers the benefit of increasing the feeling of safety for park patrons as the curving walls guide visitors into the building without creating corners and hiding spaces.
“The addition of the Field House to Newton Athletic Park is part of our ongoing commitment to infrastructure to enhance recreation and sport facilities for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “We are pleased and honoured that the Field House project has received such prestigious recognition.”
Newton Athletic Park is a premiere destination sporting and athletic park in the Lower Mainland. At over 22 hectares, the Park offers a wide range of active sporting facilities and amenities, including four artificial turf fields, four natural turf winter fields with two overlapping cricket fields, three natural turf summer fields, one 8x8 and three mini soccer fields, eight tennis courts, and one BMX track. Additional amenities include two playgrounds, an on-site daycare and over two kilometres of pathways for walking and jogging.
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is an independent, professional self-regulatory body established in 1920 by provincial statute – the Architects Act. It is the AIBC’s mandate to regulate the profession of architecture within the province in the public interest. This entails upholding excellence in the profession by establishing stringent education, experience and examination standards for entry to practice, as well as continuing competence and conduct standards through which architects maintain their exclusive rights to both practice and title in British Columbia.The Newton Field House was one of 12 2015 award recipients honoured at the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference on October 28, 2015.
For more information contact:
Manager, Parks Planning
City of Surrey