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Vancouver Aquatic Centre shuts temporarily after a portion of facade collapses


Key takeaways: 

  • Nobody was wounded in the collapse, including an extensive section of the second-story wall.
  • Part of the front wall of the Vancouver Aquatic Centre crumpled in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. 

Facade of Vancouver Aquatic Centre collapses: 

Vancouver Park Board officials have shut the Vancouver Aquatic Centre following the destruction of part of the building’s front Tuesday night.

In an email, a Park Board representative said the collapse happened sometime after the center shut on Tuesday at 10 p.m. PT.

Nobody was wounded in the collapse, which had a large section of second-story wall, measuring approximately three meters high and 10 meters wide. The second piece of wall around the corner could be seen dislodged but still dangling from the building’s design.

On Wednesday, the center initially stayed open with visitors requesting to use a side entry, but officials had shut it entirely by noon.

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Aquatic Centre of Vancouver’s front part collapsed

“Out of many alerts, we will be shutting the Vancouver Aquatic Centre for the rest of the day while the team persists in assessing the building,” the Park Board posted on Twitter.

On Wednesday, a representative stated that the team would better understand the reason for the collapse and the closure timeline following the assessment.

The center was created in 1974 at Sunset Beach, following the Burrard Street Bridge. In 2015, flooding in the mechanical room took out the electrical system.

In 2019, the Park Board issued its report, VanSplash: Vancouver Aquatics Strategy, which identified the center as approaching the end of its functional lifespan and not meeting the present seismic needs. The intent is to substitute it with a large-scale pool and outdoor aquatic extras to benefit the waterfront area.

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