Arena and service building, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
Contact us to get digital copies of project pictures
UQAC’s new 4,600-m2 sports building includes a skating rink and adjoining spaces, locker rooms, a press box and indoor bleachers with a seating capacity of 250 spectators and outdoor bleachers seating 1,000. This hybrid construction consisting of 283 m3 of wood represents 70% of the overall structure.
Supported on the inside by a glulam structure and wood decking, the arena gradually opens onto the soccer stadium. The entire wood structure presents a minimum overhead clearance of 6.4 metres, with clear spans running 35 metres in length. The system consists of composite beams coupled with a glulam timber-steel tensioner assembly that runs 3 metres in depth and is clad by 164-mm decking. The end result is a series of very long spans of great value for this type of facility. The angular beams make it possible to increase the height over the public space and to create a press box and associated rooms on the upper storey. Torrefied wood was used in the façades at both ends of the building.
The cost of the wood products installed in this project was $900,000, out of a total budget of $15 million.