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  • RECREATION FACILITY FEASIBILITY STUDY Langdon, Alberta Submitted By: aodbt architecture + interior design 25.09.2014

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    1.0 INTRODUCTION 2 1.1 Population + Demographics 1.2 Existing Recreation Amenities 1.3 Recreation Studies Completed to Date

    2.0 PARTNERSHIPS 6 2.1 Partnership Advantages 2.2 Potential Partnerships

    3.0 COMPONENTS OF A NEW FACILITY 9 3.1 Facility Component Comparison 3.2 Weighted Scoring Analysis 3.3 Arena 3.4 Recommended Facility Components

    4.0 ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY 15 4.1 Operating Cost Analysis by Amenity Type 4.2 Operating Cost Comparisons

    5.0 CONSTRUCTION ANALYSIS 20 5.1 Building Type Options 5.2 Building Type Selection Criteria 5.3 Building Type Comparison 5.4 Construction Analysis Conclusions

    6.0 DESIGN OPTIONS 24 6.1 Option 1 6.2 Option 2 6.3 Option 3 6.4 Option 4 6.5 Design Option Conclusions

    7.0 LOCATION ANALYSIS 29 7.1 Criteria for Location Selection 7.2 Location Options 7.3 Location Analysis 7.4 Location Conclusions

    8.0 SITE + DESIGN OPTIONS 34 8.1 Site 1 Options 8.2 Site 2 Options




    The Langdon Recreation Centre has engaged aodbt architecture + interior design to perform a feasibility study for a recreation facility in the Hamlet of Langdon, AB. This study uses current and historical information around population and community desire to identify potential partnerships, what amenities should be targeted and how they can be sustained economically, design and construction options, and where the proposed facility should be constructed.

    According to the Rocky View County 2013 Census, the Hamlet of Langdon currently has a population of 5,000 with a projected growth of 7% annually. This population and growth can justify a recreation complex, and the feasibility is only bolstered when considering the surrounding population base within Rocky View County and from the City of Calgary. A new recreation facility in Langdon would serve this growing population while complementing other facilities in the district. The growth within the community may soon justify the construction of a High School in Langdon as well. The potential benefits gained through a joint-use facility must be considered, as similar facilities have been very successful in other jurisdictions. Examples of successful joint-use facilities in the region include the South Fish Creek Complex in Calgary and the Springbank Park for All Seasons. This is the major partnership that will benefit Langdon, but other partnerships pertaining to delivery of services, sponsorship, or providing artifacts for a museum area within the complex should also be explored.

    A scoring tool has been used to determine the amenities that should be provided within the new facility. The scoring takes into consideration capital and operating costs along with the desires as stated by the community. Further information is provided in regards to operations and financial sustainability, as it is a stated goal of the partnership that any constructed facility must be self-sufficient. It has been determined that an indoor ice arena, fieldhouse, fitness facility and jogging track are the core components that should be planned, supported by flexible meeting space, food services, leasable commercial space, and a child care. There is the potential to link a library, gymnasium, and performing arts centre to the development of a high school. A museum is an important aspect of the project that should be pursued further. There is the potential to have a prominent location in the facility highlighting Langdon’s history.

    Four design options have been provided for consideration. The first provides a basic arena only, with a small space available to provide food services and some fitness space. At approximately $7,800,000, this is the most cost- effective option, but it does not provide all desired amenities. Option 2 provides a slightly wider building, which in turn frees up space for more amenities. Expanded seating in the arena and a more defined fitness area can be


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    included, along with a jogging track that circles the upper level of the arena. The extra space and amenities come at a premium, as the high level cost of this option is estimated to be $11,300,000.

    The next two options include both the arena and fieldhouse as the anchor tenants within the proposed complex. Option 3 holds each of these two large amenities within a single structure that is nearly 90,000 ft2. Due to such a large area, a firewall between the two amenities would be required, which increases the price. This option is estimated to cost approximately $20,000.000. Option 4 provides the same large areas, but separates them into two buildings connected by a link. Its cost is reduced from Option 3 to an estimated $18,500,000. In this scenario, the separation of buildings reduces the need for a firewall while allowing the arena to be narrower, reducing area and costs. Option 4 also provides more flexibility than Option 3, as this allows for amenities to be constructed in separate phases.

    Two potential locations are analyzed against a number of relevant criteria with the goal of identifying a preferred site. The first is on Centre Street and Wilson Road near the community’s centre. This location has existing infrastructure and connections to an existing elementary school on the opposite end of the site. The second location is a greenfield site on the southwest edge of town. The first site has better community connections and existing infrastructure in place, while the second site has more room to provide future amenities and a strong partnership in place, as the site has already been purchased for the purpose of a joint site with the School Division. Considering the larger development that is planned, the second site is the recommended location for the recreation facility.

    Based on the analysis, the recommendation for the Langdon recreation facility is to plan to incorporate the recommended amenities within the facility, as it is anticipated that they will be economically sustainable when the building opens, pending market rental rates are charged. It is recommended that Option 4 be pursued, as it provides all the amenities that are desired for the least cost while allowing for flexibility in phasing. Site 2 has been recommended as the most desirable location. It is recommended that the recreation facility be planned in a manner that works to integrate a future high school and its potential connections, along with planned outdoor recreation amenities such as football, soccer, and baseball fields. Further discussion can be held to determine if one of the structures should be constructed ahead of the other, based on access to capital. It is recommended that the arena is a higher community desire, and should be developed first if phasing is necessary.



    The Langdon Recreation Centre has retained a team from aodbt architecture + interior design to provide a feasibility study for a new recreational facility in the Hamlet of Langdon, Alberta.

    Langdon is situated within Division 4 of Rocky View County, and is one of the fastest growing communities in the region. Based on a number of previous studies, it has been determined that a new recreation facility is required to serve Division 4. The Bow North Recreation Board represents Rocky View’s Division 4, and has determined that Langdon is an appropriate location for a recreation facility to be developed (Rocky View Amenity Study: Phase One, Page 66).

    The overall intent of the feasibility study is to determine what components will be beneficial to the community and district while remaining self-sufficient in the long-run. The study not only works to identify costs and benefits of recreation facility components, but also provides recommendations for how the facility can operate in a way that will be sustainable for the future. While it is important to provide the community with amenities, it is also important to analyze the long-term effects that it may have on a region financially.

    The following study works to assess the demographics of the Bow North Recreation District, analyze past studies completed, and determine what type of recreation amenities would best serve the community. The analysis will identify potential elements that could be housed within a recreational facility along with potential sites for the facility to be located. Initial opinions of cost are identified, as well as preliminary conceptual design options. From this, project stakeholders will gain an understanding of the potential size and scope of the facility, and what it could offer to the region as a whole.


    According to the Rocky View County 2013 Census, Division 4 has a population base of 6,580. The communities within the Bow North Recreation District include the Hamlet of Langdon (population of 4,897), Indus (population of 36), Dalmead (population of 27) and surrounding rural areas (population of 1,620). Division 4 represents the largest population base of all Rocky View County with Langdon making up 74.4% of Division 4’s total population.

    According to the Federal Census conducted in 2011, 20.9% of the population of La

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