Mass timber was chosen as a natural product to create an environment that is both visually appealing and healthy. The project achieved LEED® Silver certification for features such as a vegetated roof, re-use of waste heat for the spectator seating area, and reduced water consumption.
The biggest challenge with using mass timber in this project was the ambient conditions in the complex. Indeed, the presence of an enclosed swimming pool and two ice rinks created a high interior humidity level. Also, the use of chemicals, required to maintain safe hygiene levels in the swimming pools, generated corrosive vapors. The high humidity and the corrosive vapors lead to an unfriendly environment for wood material.