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Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge

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Calgary, AB
Building Structure Type:
Recreation / Community Centre
City of Calgary
GEC Architecture
PCL Construction Management
Number of Storeys:
284,000 sq. ft.
Practice areas

Every element of Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is a testament to creative structural engineering. Underneath North America’s largest single wood roof, and fitting seamlessly within a distinctly curved footprint, the facility hosts an extensive program that includes ice rinks, aquatic pools, gymnasiums, a fitness centre, an elevated running track, a Calgary Public Library branch, a theatre and a studio space. Rocky Ridge is surrounded by natural wetlands near Calgary’s highest natural elevation point, and Alberta’s rolling foothills are the inspiration for the design reflected in the truly unique, 186,000 sq. ft. rolling roof structure.

To meet the challenge of creating this complex architectural form within budget, RJC devised a structural roof layout based on one common beam shape. Defining a flowing roof with a single shape allowed for repetition in design, fabrication and erection and was vital for the project’s success. Ultimately, this allowed the design team to utilize regular elements to create the geometry of an irregular and complex form; a form that serves an imperative structural function but also provides a highly aesthetic interior finish and a dramatic exterior expression.


  • Institutional Wood Design Award  |  Prairie Wood Design Awards  |  2019
  • Award of Excellence - Buildings  |  Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Canada  2018
  • North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) Award – New Construction  |  Copper Development Association (CDA)/Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA)  |  2018
  • Recent Works - Award of Excellence  Prairie Design Awards  2018
  • Award of Excellence: Building Engineering - Community Development  |  Consulting Engineers of Alberta  |  2018
  • Award of Excellence: Building Engineering - Recreational  |  Consulting Engineers of Alberta  2018
  • City Edge Development  |  Mayor's Urban Design Awards (MUDA)  |  2013
  • RJC Recognized for Excellence at the 2018 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards| Read More>>
  • Global News interview with lead GEC Architect | View Video >>
  • RJC’s Shane Homes YMCA honoured as outstanding North American copper project  Read More >>
  • RJC’s Shane Homes YMCA named world’s largest YMCA!  |  Read More >>