Richmond Olympic Oval

When the City of Richmond was named the long-track speed skating venue for Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games, they called for a landmark building that would showcase local wood and accommodate legacy use.

Fast + Epp rose to the challenge, designing a roof structure that was the result of extensive field research into Olympic ovals in Lillehammer, Salt Lake City and Calgary. Alongside Structure Craft, we proposed a world first – sweeping longspan timber-steel hybrid arches, which would support captivating ‘Wood Wave’ panels made from simple pine-beetle-kill 2×4 lumber.


Richmond, BC


506,000 ft2 


Cannon Design


Glotman Simpson


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