Kin Centre, Prince George, British Columbia
The Kin Centre project involved the redesign of the existing Kin 1 Arena at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia, a versatile complex housing four arenas. Kin 1 now has a total of 740 seats plus a second floor lounge with lobbies and corridors connecting all four arenas. It is the city’s showpiece facility where the men’s & women’s hockey, ringette, short track speed skating and figure skating was hosted for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
To meet the city’s “Wood First Policy” the building features an arched wood roof with over 400,000 board feet of solid wood decking from local spruce, pine and fir. Recesses for piping and conduits were designed to eliminate unsightly services and ensure wood was visually prominent. The ice surface can be converted from NHL to Olympic size and it can host a wide variety of multipurpose events. The redesigned Kin Centre is also one of the most accessible facilities in the country.