Parks, Recreation and Culture

Chernoff Thompson Architects has completed dozens of Parks, Recreation and Cultural projects for our Civic Clients including Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Mission.


Our recreation projects range in size from small buildings to very large facilities and include athletics, community space, and seniors facilities as both new facilities and restoration of older buildings.





Surrey Bridgeview Community Centre  Surrey, BC

This project was the complete restoration of an early 70s community centre in North Surrey. The 1,000 square meter (10,764 sf) facility contains a gymnasium with stage, kitchen, child care room, two multipurpose rooms. Most interior and exterior finishes were the original 1970 era products and very worn. The upgrade included all interior finishes, flooring, cabinets, fixtures and appliances for a complete "new" interior. Exterior work included replacement of all windows, insulation, siding and trim. The grand opening was in July 2013 and the new look has been well received by the community.





UNBC Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre  Prince George, BC

The centre consists of a multi-purpose field house that accommodates 2 indoor soccer pitches on an artificial turf system, a 280 m (3,000 ft) suspended running track circulating over the gymnasium and field house below, the longest of its kind in BC, and a 2,000 sm (22,000 sf) gymnasium containing 3 basketball courts and can accommodate seating for up to 2,000 spectators. The court is also designed for volleyball, badminton and gymnastics. This was a design-build project with Giffels Design-Build Inc. as the design-build Contractor, and was designed in collaboration with NORR Limited from Toronto.



South Okanagan Events Centre  Penticton, BC

The facility consists of 3 parts: a 5,000 seat NHL size ice rink capable of converting to Olympic size, a second recreational public rink and a 280 sm (3,000 sf) wellness center. The facility is linked physically to the existing Penticton Trades and Convention Centre, making the whole complex as the second largest trade and convention centre in BC. This was a design-build project led by Giffels Design-Build Inc. as the design-build Contractor and, was designed in collaboration with NORR Limited from Toronto.


Glen Pine- 50+ Centre  Coquitlam, BC

A 50+ recreation centre within a residential development adjacent to the Civic Plaza and City Hall. The 1,473 sm (15,900 sf) facility is owner and operated by the City of Coquitlam. Intensive user involvement in the design resulted in a new more active concept for a "Seniors Centre". Includes cafeteria, crafts, billards, workshop, activity room, fitness, computer room, multipurpose and cafe areas.




Kwomais/Sanford Hall Restoration  Surrey, BC

Renovations to the 80-year-old Kwomais Lodge to provide a multi-purpose venue with original stone fireplace and new vaulted ceiling with exposed heavy-timber structure complete with tea room, kitchen, washrooms, storage, and new covered entrance, as well as new windows, lighting, and structural/code upgrades. Sanford Hall renovations provide a large multi-use space with new ceiling, lighting, and finishes complete with renovated foyer, servery and washrooms.


Surrey Recreation Centre  Newton, BC

1,169 sm (12,600 sf) addition to the Newton Recreation Centre (wave pool) to provide a subdividable gymnasium, wrestling mat room, storage rooms, washrooms, staff office, and renovated fitness/exercise room. Master-planned to accomodate a second gymnasium and a second storey above the mat room. This project was done in association with Bernard Perreten Architects.


Surrey Athletic Addition  Surrey, BC

129 sm (1,388 sf) addition to provide two additional chageroom suites complete with renovations to the existing public (park) washrooms and code/envelope upgrades at the upper floor lounge and children's daycare. This project was done in association with Bernard Perreten Architects.


Community Centre Additions and Renovations  Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC

This is a renovation project of 1,796 sm (19,332 sf) for the existing community centre. The assignment included an assessment of the existing facility, preparation of a facility program, preparation of a master plan, costing and implementation of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the plan. The result included multi-purpose rooms, a servery, games/youth lounge, exercise rooms and offices and upgraded exiting.


ENERPLEX Skating Facility  Fort St. John, BC

The City of Fort St. John was contemplating an indoor speed skating oval providing training to their athletes all year round. It would be one of the four Olympic size long track speed skating ovals in North America.


Abbotsford Community Recreation Centre Abbotsford, BC

This design embodies the vision of bringing the entire recreation centre- both the "old" and the "new" together as one space. Emphasis on the quality of interior architecture brings to this design for a new facility, spaces that are energized with natural light.



We have both assisted with major parks planning studies and have designed numerous parks field houses and washroom/changeroom facilities. We understand the need for attractive but very durable facilities in parks.

Poirier (West) Planning Study Coquitlam, BC

A planning study for a recreation precinct including a seniors centre, community centre, lawn bowling facility, tennis facility, youth facility and community hall.


Tamanawis Field House Surrey, BC

A new 343 sm (3,692 sf) 2-storey Fieldhouse providing four changeroom suites for the two adjacent grass hockey fields, a Community Room, a Multi-Purpose Room, and two public (Park) washrooms complete with storage and service areas



Our cultural projects include renovations and additions to Arts facilities, theatres, museums, and libraries.




CRD Library 100 Mile House, BC

New 894 sm (9,622 sf) public library features heavy timber/log post-and-beam construction with half-lot siding, and beetle-kill pine cladding/millwork to showcase local craftsmanship and materials. Double-height structure is designed to accommodate the future insertion of a partial or full second floor. Program room and public washrooms can be secured from remainder of Library with a separate entrance for evening/after-hours use. This project was in association with Bernard Perreten Architects.

Library and Community Archives Mission, BC

The new 1,719 sm (18,503 sf) Library and Community Archives is located in the District of Mission and is the main civic building in the downtown area. The facilities include main library area, meeting room with kitchen, circulation area, work room and staff area in the Library; and administration, reference area, work room, multipurpose room, records and storage room and staff areas in the Archives.