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Kasian Wins Universal Design Award

Published by Candis Green, July 31, 2013.

Kasian has won the City of Edmonton Mayor’s Award for Universal Design in Architecture for its design of the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre (CCRC). The CCRC is only the second recreation centre to open in Edmonton in almost 30 years.

Designed by HIP Architects (now part of Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.) with MJM Architects, the CCRC is a state-of-the-art multi-use complex built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standards. It has been touted as “a real jewel in the heart of Edmonton.”

Opened in March 2012, the 220,000-square-foot facility was a retrofit and expansion of the original Commonwealth fitness centre that was located on the same site. The facility was funded in partnership by the City of Edmonton, Alberta Government and the Edmonton Eskimos in order to cater to the variety of stakeholder groups in the community.

The City of Edmonton’s Mayor’s Awards, administered by the Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities, is given out annually to individuals, organizations and businesses within Edmonton that demonstrate a commitment to persons with disabilities. In particular, the award for Universal Design in Architecture is awarded to project teams or architects whose projects demonstrate creative sensitivity toward the accessibility of persons with disabilities.

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