North Cariboo Arena / West Fraser Centre
500 Barlow Avenue, Quesnel, BC
The brand new $20.6m North Cariboo Arena is to replace Quesnel’s existing downtown-based main arena which has reached the end of its lifespan after 60 years. The new arena is equipped with an NHL size ice surface, seating for 1,300 people, meeting rooms, and a concession. The adjacent ice plant is still in place, forming the Twin Arenas known by the locals.
West Fraser Mills, a local lumber company, was given the naming rights for a donation of $500,000 with the commitment of matching another $500,000 donation from the community.
The main challenge of the project is to keep the existing arena in place until the new arena is complete. This allows the city to maintain two ice sheets simultaneously to prevent any ice time shortages or issues for the local clubs and teams.
The roof structure is comprised of curved steel girder trusses bearing on battered concrete columns. Wood components have been integrated into the design in the form of CLT panels for the main lobby roof structure, and a wood slat ceiling assembly in the main arena.