Clayton Community Centre

  • Client

    City of Surrey

  • Region

    Vancouver, BC

  • City


  • Year Completed


  • Size

    76,000 sq.ft.

  • Sector


  • Sub-Sector

    Culture & Recreation

The Story

As the largest non-residential Passive House facility of its kind in Canada, Clayton Community Centre is a new 76,000 sq. ft. community centre in the Clayton neighbourhood. The facility includes visual and performing arts components, a library and associated circulation management spaces, a gymnasium, fitness and weight rooms, preschool/daycare facilities, child-minding space, youth-gathering space, staff spaces, and supporting infrastructure. The landscaping included both the facility's outdoor spaces and innovative stormwater management. Off-site servicing included the construction of a new road and a sanitary sewer main line through the park to the south.

The building boasts a roof and building envelope design that mimics the tree canopy that surrounds it. The revolutionary leaf-like heavy timber structure was achieved by combining a series of large-scale modular interlocking pinwheel units to create the two-way wood structure spanning the large spaces. The building was designed and built to meet Passive House Certification requirements and near-zero emissions, using a super insulated building envelope, triple glazed windows, exceptional airtightness, natural ventilation, and all-electric heat pump systems for heating and cooling.