Richmond Olympic Oval

Richmond Olympic Oval

BC Pine-Beetle Wood Roof — The Oval’s massive ceiling is made of salvaged British Columbia wood that was damaged by a pine-beetle infestation. At a size of about 100 metres by 200 metres (2 hectares), the roof is believed to be the largest surface ever covered in the once-discarded wood. Showcasing use of this wood may encourage its application elsewhere and help mitigate the economic hardship the pine beetle epidemic has brought upon regional communities in British Columbia.
Rainwater Capture and Reuse — Rainwater is collected from the Oval’s vast roof through an innovative collection system featuring original Coast Salish designs by Musqueam Nation artist Susan Point. Much of the captured rainwater flows into the building’s utility systems to supplement toilet flushing. The rest is stored in a pond in front of the Oval and used to irrigate surrounding trees and landscaping. Marsh plants in the rainfall collection pond act as natural purifiers, improving water quality in the pond and in the connected Hollybridge Canal.
Waste Heat Reuse — Waste heat energy recovered from ice-making will be captured and reused for other purposes in the building, including domestic hot water and heating/cooling systems. As the size of the Oval’s speed-skating rink is the equivalent of six international hockey rinks, this recovered heat energy is considerable.
Green Buildings — The City of Richmond is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Silver” green building certification for the Oval, which will be a unique achievement for a facility of the Oval’s size and type.
Accessible Sport and Community Legacy — After the Games, the Oval facility, which was designed with flexibility in mind, will be a training and competition facility for many Paralympic sports, including wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and adaptive rowing. The Oval will also serve as a multi-sport and wellness facility, providing a recreation legacy that will benefit the health and wellness of the community.

More information

  • The venue is home to the 400-metre speed skating track. It will seat 8,000 fans and will be the site for 12 medal events, with 36 medals awarded.
  • The Oval will house the main anti-doping lab of the 2010 Winter Games.
  • A complete range of sports medicine and wellness services will be housed in the Oval, as well as retail and food services.
  • Post-Games, the Oval will become an international centre for high-performance athletes and a multi-use facility for the local community.
  • The Oval has four hardwood sport courts.
  • The venue also has an indoor rowing tank, a rowing machine and spin cycling studio, two group fitness studios and onsite child care.

Oval Facts:

  • 7,336 bucket seats
  • 200 broadcast commentator positions
  • 200 seated press positions
  • Four video boards and four score boards will show split times, placing and all the up-close action

Richmond Olympic Oval by the Numbers:

2.6 – Hectares of the Richmond Olympic Oval roof (6.5 Acres).

4 – Number of jetliners that could park wingtip to wingtip on the Oval’s main floor.

453 – Expanded base piles underneath the Richmond Olympic Oval.

2,200 – Stone columns underneath the Richmond Olympic Oval.

8,000 – Seating capacity of the Richmond Olympic Oval during the 2010 Winter Games.

33,750 – Size of the Richmond Olympic Oval in square metres.

304,800 – Board metres of primary pine beetle salvaged lumber used to build the Oval roof (1,000,000 feet).

335,280 – Cubic metres of concrete to build the Richmond Olympic Oval (1,100,000 Cubic feet).

5,600,000 – Kilograms of steel rebar needed in the construction of the Oval.

Public Art at the Richmond Olympic Oval:

Concrete buttresses on the Richmond Olympic Oval feature Coast Salish-themed sculptures of salmon, herons and the Fraser River by internationally acclaimed Musqueam artist Susan Point. Set in concrete runnels, the fish design carries stormwater from the roof onto the plaza and then into the Fraser River, diverting the water from the sewer system, making it environmentally friendly.

Along the eastern side of the Oval, the Water Sky Garden is abstractly symbolic of a Chinese Dragon Dance. It has shallow ponds, reeds and retention ponds that will feature underwater sculptures and water animation. Naturally filtered stormwater will slowly flow into the Fraser River.

Two sky lanterns that change shape in the wind are made of steel rings and flexible nets are 21.3 metres (70 feet) tall and 18.3 metres (60 feet) in diameter. These are inspired by the Nitobe Gardens at the University of British Columbia and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown and the fishing cultures of Richmond. Boston-based artist Janet Echelman collaborated with Phillips, Farevaag, Smallenberg Landscape Architects and the Cannon Design team.