UBCO's wood Hangar costs $4M
Sep 17, 2013 / 12:00 pm
A new fitness focused high tech facility has opened at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Designed to reflect the hanger at an airport the new gym was donated by the Lapointe Family Trust in honour of the employees at Kelowna Flightcraft, a company started by the Lapointe family.
“My family trust donated the money; there are times when you have to give back to the community. Kelowna has been very good to me and my family, and after 43 years of developing a corporation it’s time to give some part of it back,” shared Barry Lapointe.
The $4.1-million Hangar Fitness & Wellness Centre represents many things to many people.
“You can see the remarkable lines and beautiful wood with sweeping architectural elements that define this new space,” explains UBC’s Okanagan campus Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.
“We are so extraordinarily grateful that the Lapointe family saw a need in the community here on our campus and chose to support that need in the most direct way, they made it happen,” added Buszard.
In operation since mid-July, the 850-square-metre addition to the university’s gymnasium houses a spacious cardio-exercise and strength-training space, studios for yoga, combat sports, spin bikes, Pilates and dancing, and will eventually accommodate an interior climbing wall.
Student representatives and captains Chandler Proch and Yassine Ghomari thanked Mr. Lapointe for the new facility and presented him with a lifetime gym membership.
“If you look at the new high tech equipment it is really fantastic, so I am looking forward to spending some time here and getting back into shape,” laughed Lapointe after receiving his membership card.
“This outstanding new facility reflects a shared commitment of our community, the university, and our generous donors to health and wellness,” says Buszard.
“The Hangar will provide much-needed recreation space for everyone, but in particular for our students, who need it to be healthy and productive.”
The facility’s name recognizes the $3.5-million gift from the Lapointe family, honouring the employees of Kelowna Flightcraft. Funding for the Hangar came with two specific stipulations – it required an aviation theme, and construction was to be mostly from local lumber to support the region’s forestry industry.
A design-build competition for the building was won by Kindred Construction in partnership with McFarland Marceau Architects. Who built a striking new building that appears to hover beside the current gymnasium, while at the same time emulating the curved wing of an aircraft.
“To the Lapointe family I say you are an inspiration and an example for others who may be thinking about how they can get involved and help today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders achieve their goals,” added Buszard.
“Today is the official opening of this beautiful facility with a concept that was started three years ago and it was the case that the Lapointe family trust wanted to do something for the community that is dedicated to the employees of Kelowna Flightcraft which it is. So it has all come together,” smiled Lapointe.
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