The $178 million Richmond Oval, a world class 33,750 m² athletic facility, located on River Road and one of the world’s largest speed-skating facilities was the venue for the speed skating events for the 2010 Winter Olympics was a winner in the ArchDaily Building of the Year awards. The building systems were balanced by Western Mechanical Services, who helped the design and construction team to achieve the precise performance required.
The building was designed to become an international center for sports and wellness after the Olympics. Rain water is collected from the roof drainage system and utilized as the water supply for irrigating the landscaped areas and for plumbing fixtures as well as for a dramatic and picturesque pond art project. Waste heat from the refrigeration plant is reclaimed and transferred to heat other areas within and outside the building.