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Institutional | BIRD CONSTRUCTION - SETON RECREATION FACILITY

Creating Community

BIRD'S SETON RECREATION FACILITY WILL BOOST A CALGARY NEIGHBORHOOD. BY TIM O'CONNOR

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s a new community in south
Calgary, the Seton neighborhood doesn't have an identity
yet. Some destinations are in
place, such as the local shopping center,
others, such as a cinema, are nearing
completion, but much of the urban district
is still under construction, including a
new high school. Bird Construction is
helping to change that by building the
30,697-square-meter Seton Recreation Facility, a $133 million facility that will serve
as the center of the community.
The recreation center will bring new
amenities to the community, including a
10-lane competition pool with dive tower
and diving boards; a water park with a
surf-riding area; two multipurpose ice
rinks; three gymnasiums; fitness rooms and
equipment; and a 200-meter running track.
The recreation center also will house a
library, a gallery space and a 300-seat theater. There will also by a youth center with
dedicated space for activities and programs.
As a Seton resident and business development manager for Bird, Jade Neher is
aware of the area's excitement. "My neighbors are always asking when this project
will open," he says.
John Preston, senior project manager for
Bird, hears from locals almost daily. "Everybody I talk to, they are so keen to have it
open," he says.

Bird Construction -
Seton Recreation Facility
www.bird.ca
* Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
* Employees on-site at peak: 280
* Scope: Community ecreation center

"Our team identified efficiencies prior to construction, which
has allowed it to maintain at
schedule."
- John Preston, enior project manager

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Seton Recreation Facility will add extensive amenities, and has been designed to limit its environmental
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impact on the community.

"It's a needed development. Everybody
probably has their personal piece of it they
are looking forward to. But there are enough
pieces for everybody."

Staying on Schedule
Work on the building began in spring
2016 and it will open in January 2019. The
structure was effectively enclosed as of early
December. Bird had finished the roofing
and begun on interior work such as drywall
and tiling.
More than 15,000 cubic meters of
concrete is going into the building, much
of it exposed concrete floors that must be
treated, polished and sealed. At the same

time, crews are installing stainless steel
handrails and completing interior glazing.
Subcontractors are also working on getting
the mechanical rooms up and running so
they can be commissioned in spring.
The center is designed to be energy
efficient and limit its environmental impact
on the community. All of the lights in the
structure and outside areas will use LED
bulbs and a natural gas-fired generator will
provide combined heat and power.
A heat-reflective roof will lower the energy cost to keep the building air conditioned
and an envelope consultant is on site on a
regular basis checking the vapor barriers
and at projects end, a thermographic review


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