Modular Building Institute

Whistler Athletes' Village

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Metric Modular
Whistler, BC
Building Use:
Olympic Athletes' Accommodations
Gross Size of Project:
70085 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Britco’s design team worked in collaboration with the architect & interior designer to create an exceptional home for the world’s athletes. As part of the 2010 Olympic Legacy, Whistler Athletes’ Village will house Canadian athletes in training and their families long after the Games are over. The 4-story Lodge includes 100 bedrooms and is constructed with a cast-in-place concrete section and partial basement. The 2-story, 20-unit Townhouse Complex consists of 2 four-plexes and 2 six-plexes, each with two or three bedrooms and an additional temporary bedroom that will be removed after the Games. The exteriors are enhanced with elaborate site-built truss roofs and heavy, natural timber canopies to complement the resort’s architecture and provide protection from the elements. Inspired by the Olympic rings and medals, the interior is designed in gold, silver and bronze colors with circle motif features in the ceiling & floor details, millwork, wall finishes and lighting fixtures.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Designed to LEED™ Silver standards and stringent “Whistler Green” guidelines, the project incorporates a comprehensive Environmental & Wildlife Management Plan. All areas of the village are heated and cooled with an innovative hydronic system imported from Europe. Invented in the 1980s, the system involves a mat of small capillary tubes, typically embedded in plaster, which has been adapted to work with North American 2x framing and gypsum wallboard. Mat sections were manufactured to fit between the ceiling joists and sandwiched against the gypsum board to turn the entire ceiling surface into a large radiant panel. During the Games, 50% of the bedrooms and washrooms are wheelchair accessible with the flexibility to achieve 100% accessibility after the Games. All areas are accessible for the hearing and visually impaired.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The hydronic heating system utilizes the Resort Municipality’s in-ground District Energy System with low temperature radiant ceiling panels used to deliver the heat. The water source is heated by a central plant that extracts heat from Whistler’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and is supplemented during peak demand by boilers fired with gas extracted from a decommissioned landfill. Heat pumps in each building exchange heat between the isolated capillary mat system and the District Energy System. Domestic hot water is also provided by the system but requires topping up from electric and high-efficiency natural gas boilers. Modular construction was chosen over site-built for this high-profile, budget-conscious project to minimize the challenges and costs associated with construction in a small resort town, specifically, skilled on-site trades, availability and shipping of materials and disposing of construction waste.
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