A prominent landmark along a major north-south artery, the two-storey Cloverdale Recreation Centre was the first public facility developed under the City of Surrey’s master plan for the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. As such, its mandate was to develop a distinct design character that could be applied to the entire area as the neighbourhood grew, and act as a pilot project for the City’s alternative “Sustainable Design Charter” green building rating system.

Project Essentials

  • LocationSurrey, BC
  • ClientThe City of Surrey
  • ArchitectCEI Architecture
  • Size66,000 ft² (6,131 m²)
  • BudgetC$22 million
  • Sustainable FeaturesCertified LEED Gold

In light of these requirements, the design team developed a welcoming community facility with three full-size gymnasiums, a fitness centre and several spaces dedicated to seniors, childminding and youth programs. Comprised of cast-in-place concrete, steel and wood, its dynamic wave-like exterior mimics the fluidity and movement of recreational activity.


Fast + Epp delivered a structural form that met the client’s economic and sustainability constraints. The facility’s distinctive features include expressively-curved glulam roof beams supported by a 33m-long space truss, which in turn supports a “floating” steel frame façade. The main entry features a double cantilevered solid laminated 2×6 roof assembly.