Rideau Canoe Club Expansion

Services Offered

  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Civil / Municipal
  • Electrical
  • Location:
    804 Hogs Back Road
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K2C 0B1
  • Value: $2.3M
  • Client: Rideau Canoe Club
  • JLR Contact: Marsh Frere
  • Related Projects: Timmins regional athletics & soccer complex

Project Details

Dating back to 1902, the Rideau Canoe Club (RCC) has been home to many of Ottawa’s athletes specializing in sprint canoe and kayak racing. Everyone from children in summer camps to beginner athletes to Olympians enjoyed the amenities of this Victorian-style clubhouse located in Mooney's Bay of the Rideau River in Ottawa, Ontario.

After expanding the facility in 1981, the utilization and popularity of the RCC continued to grow.  In 2008, JLR was retained to help the RCC respond to the growing demands of the club by designing a new clubhouse. Upgrades included enhanced barrier-free access for visitors and athletes with disabilities, and a wide range of storage and services for both club members and the general public.

Our design respects the rich historical context of the RCC, echoing the original Victorian Era building with gabled roofs, large arched windows, wraparound porches, and horizontal cladding.

Working within stringent time and budgetary constraints, JLR provided a design solution that incorporated a steel frame construction on the existing concrete foundation, intended to minimize the size of the interior columns. The use of long-span structural elements improved the overall functionality of the space and reduced construction costs.

A new boat storage facility provides additional storage capacity for canoes and kayaks, and includes maintenance facilities, training spaces, and accessibility upgrades to welcome visitors and athletes with disabilities. A lift was also added to provide access to all floor levels, and barrier-free walkways connect the parking lot to the building and waterfront dock.

The new facility was constructed with multiple sustainability features. Building systems, construction details and materials such as cementitious siding, metal roofing, epoxy flooring, and LED exterior lighting were selected with a view to energy and maintenance efficiencies and optimum life cycle.

Architectural and engineering designs and tender documents were expeditiously prepared, and a construction management delivery format was adopted to meet the stringent schedule requirements of the stimulus funding for the new facility.