Located 40 minutes from Vancouver, Canada, the City of Surrey’s Guildford Recreation Centre features a 3400 m2 aquatic center. Helping create an attractive, functional and sustainable facility, Rockfon Sonar® acoustic ceiling tiles were installed throughout the new space.

Regenerative catalyst

Expanding the existing recreation facility by 7000 m2, the $38.6 million project includes a larger fitness center and lobby, more office space, a bridge and 300 seats for spectators, plus the 3400 m2 aquatic center.

Specified for performance

Ceiling panel selection was a critical part in meeting the overall performance specification and the building team’s approval. Rockfon’s ceiling panels met the project’s acoustic, light reflectance and atmospheric requirements, and the budget target. Based on all the advantages of stone wool ceiling panels, Rockfon Sonar Activity B edge and Rockfon Sonar X edge ceiling tiles were approved.

Acoustic comfort

Pools and gyms are notorious for their noise. Imagining the Surrey natatorium filled with participants and spectators for a competitive event, the volume and echoes potentially could reach painful levels. Mitigating this, Rockfon Sonar ceiling tiles are made from stone wool, an inherently high-performing, sound-absorptive material.

Given the humid environment of the pool, water-resistant and mold-resistant products were specified. Rockfon stone wool ceiling panels are water-repellent and dimensionally stable at up to 100 percent relative humidity. Stone wool also has no nutritional value and therefore it provides no sustenance to harmful microorganisms.

Guildford Aquatic Centre

Location:Canada
Architect:Bing Thom Architects
Contractor:Heatherbrae Builders
Photographer:We See Design Inc. Raef Grohne Architectural Photographer
Tiles:Rockfon® Sonar™
Edges:X
Dimensions:600 x 600, 1200 x 600