The Cameron Community Centre aims to be the heartbeat of the community in northeast Burnaby. After serving the city for almost 40 years, the current facility will be replaced by a larger three-storey center in the Lougheed Town Centre area. The new building, spanning over 200,000 square feet, will be a modern and functional complex designed to meet the growing and changing needs of the area.

Project Essentials

  • LocationBurnaby, BC
  • ClientCity of Burnaby
  • ArchitectDiamond Schmitt Architects
  • Size200,000 ft² (18,580 m²)
  • BudgetCAD $250 million

This centre will have an aquatic facility, gymnasium, fitness studios, multipurpose rooms, dedicated youth and seniors’ spaces, child-minding and indoor and outdoor play areas. Additionally, a 28,000 sq ft, two-storey public library and a civic plaza located at the southeast corner of the complex will provide ample opportunities for learning, gathering and growing.

Architecturally, both complexes are joined via a glazed atrium space in between them. The buildings rest on a shared concrete base which constitutes the underground parkade structure. Foundations as well as the parkade will be made of concrete and the building’s frame structure will be carried as a hybrid of building materials – steel and concrete have been selected for the pool, gym and mechanical room and mass timber for the library and south wing upper-level structures.

The structural design aims to achieve the architectural vision of open, connected spaces for the large recreational spaces, providing continuity through the building and site.