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New sport and leisure facility to be built for Lethbridge, Alberta

Diamond Schmitt Architects has won a design competition for a major recreational facility in Lethbridge, Alberta. The $109.5-million Crossings Leisure Complex will include a multi-sport field house, a fitness centre, running track and several gymnasia, as well as an indoor playground, a child-minding area, and multi-purpose rooms. Aquatic features will offer a lap pool, waterslides, a “lazy” or “adventure river”, and whirlpools. Flexible multi-purpose space will allow engagement for all ages and a variety of activities.

“This is one of the most exciting projects in our city’s history. A leisure complex has been the top priority in our community for a long time, and it’s becoming a reality,” said Councilor Rob Miyashiro, chairman of the Crossings Leisure Complex Steering Committee.

Diamond Schmitt Architects with BR2 Architecture of Edmonton will work with construction manager Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. on the project. Detailed design work is expected to be complete by the end of this year and construction is slated to start in the spring of 2016.

“The city has engaged the public through a significant consultation process to determine the kinds of recreational facilities they need and desire. Community interaction will continue through the design stage,” said Jarle Lovlin, principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects. “A comprehensive facility such as this serves not only to promote health and fitness values but is also seen as a destination for the community and the greater region.”

With the adjacent ice facilities currently under construction, Crossings Leisure Complex could support additional amenities such as food services and retail space. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2018 or early 2019.

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