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ATB Centre - Phase 2 (D-6)

Project Status Completed
Project Type Recreation & Culture
Timeline March-May 2015 - architect and construction manager hired
March 2016 - design completed
May 2016 - construction started
December 2018 - construction completed
May 2019 - substantial completion
April 2019 - occupancy
June 2019 - grand opening
Budget (sources) $109,550,000.00
Expenditures to Date $109,177,000.00
Budget Status Under Budget

About the Project

ATB Centre Phase 2 is the home of the Cor Van Raay YMCA. This project consisted of the detailed design and construction of the leisure centre adjoining ATB Centre Phase 1, located in the Crossings neighbourhood of west Lethbridge. At approximately 256,000 square feet, Phase 2 includes an aquatics centre with waterslides, lazy river and whirlpools, multi-sport field house, fitness centre, indoor track, gymnasiums, child minding area, indoor playground, locker rooms, commercial lease spaces, facility support and amenities.
With all components co-located, additional amenities such as food services and retail space were viable and included in the design. ATB Centre Phase 2 has included key program components that were identified through a needs assessment process which involved applicable stakeholder groups and the general public.
In spring 2015, stakeholders and focus groups were consulted during the pre-design stage to reaffirm findings in the 2012 Leisure Centre Needs Assessment. Design of Phase 2 began in March 2016, construction began in May and was completed in 2019.

Project Updates

June 2021

Final project closeout underway.

March 2021

Post-construction work is completed, minor work and invoicing is oustanding.

December 2020

Final, post-construction work is being completed. 

September 2020

Post-construction work is ongoing, nearing completion. 

June 2020

Deficiency work is ongoing, nearing completion.

January 2020

Warranty and deficiency work is ongoing.

June 14, 2019

The community gathered to celebrate the grand opening of ATB Centre Phase 2, home of the Cor Van Raay YMCA. 

May 4, 2019

The Cor Van Raay YMCA opened it's doors to the public. 

April 8, 2019

The City of Lethbridge, together with the Lethbridge YMCA announced that Phase 2 of ATB Centre will open to the public on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Read more

February 2019

As crews finish up the majority of construction on Phase 2 of ATB Centre, the focus will shift to testing equipment and training staff ahead of the facility opening later this spring. Read full update here.





Phase 2 Welcome Sign Centre Phase 2/DSC_1218.JPGPhase 2 Welcome SignThe welcome desk at ATB Centre Phase 2. Future home of the YMCA.
Steel I-Beams Centre Phase 2/Ashley and Steel Beam.JPGSteel I-BeamsATB Centre Project Coordinator Ashley Matthews helps give us a sense of just how big those steel I-beam roof supports are.
Gymnasium a hub for workers Centre Phase 2/DSC_5389.jpgGymnasium a hub for workersEquipment, supplies and people fill the gymnasium as crews work on the interior finishings.
View Dynamic Glass Centre Phase 2/DSC_6978.jpgView Dynamic GlassThe massive windows in the front of the building are all made out of view dynmaic glass which means it will tint with the sun to reduce glare and save on cooling costs.
Heated flooring Centre Phase 2/Heated floor 2017-07-07.jpgHeated flooringThe heated flooring being installed.
Framing Centre Phase 2/Rooms 2017-07-11.jpgFramingRooms are forming as the framing takes place.
Foundations and steel Centre Phase 2/South wall foundation.JPGFoundations and steelSteel structure is taking shape at the north end of Phase 2, and foundations have been poured at the south end. At about 256,000 square feet, ATB Centre-Phase 2 will be roughly twice the size of Phase 1.
Steel and Sky Centre Phase 2/Steel structure-sky view.JPGSteel and SkyHere is the view from inside the space that will become the gymnasiums within ATB Centre-Phase 2
Start of Track Centre Phase 2/Track 2017-07-11 (3).jpgStart of TrackThe inital shape of the running/walking track along the outside of the gymnasium.
Wave Generator Centre Phase 2/Wave Generator.JPGWave GeneratorThe wave generator is being installed at the south end of Phase 2 where the leisure aquatic centre will be located.
Entry way Centre Phase 2/DSC_6974.jpgEntry wayThe entrance to ATB Centre - Phase 2 will be grand.
External North Entrance Centre Phase 2/External 2017-07-11.jpgExternal North EntranceExternal work being completed on the north entrance of ATB Centre - Phase 2
Basketball Hoops Centre Phase 2/IMG_4973.jpegBasketball HoopsTwelve basketball hoops have been installed in the ceiling of the gymnasium which will house six basketball courts.
Lazy River Centre Phase 2/IMG_4974.jpegLazy RiverThe lazy river in the aqutics centre is really taking shape.
Exterior Centre Phase 2/IMG_4986.jpegExteriorThe outside of ATB Centre - Phase 2 with sidewalks and parking lot paving complete.

December 2018

Although there is no firm opening date yet, construction at ATB Centre is still expected to be complete for a spring 2019 opening. 

Some of the exciting progress as of late includes: 

  • ​​​The surfacing for the track, gymnasium and field house has been installed.
  • The liner in the lap pool is being completed and crews will then move to installing the liner in the leisure pool.
  • Tiling is underway in the pool area.
  • Flooring is being installed throughout the building.
  • A good portion of the landscaping work has also been completed including the asphalt and concrete work around the building.
  • In the new year, furniture and fitness equipment will be moved in.

March 2018

City Council approved two public art pieces for ATB Centre Phase 2. 

The Ball Is In Your Court

By: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins

This project includes a series of paintings for the galleria walls in the atrium and gymnasium. These original paintings will express conceptual and spatial dynamics in art, architecture and sport. 

Near and Far

By: Derek Besant

This mural concept for the Aquatic Centre is based on transparent properties of water and light, weather, surface and familiar as unfamiliar. The equation of bringing the outside in and taking the inside out, invites observations near and far.

January 2018

Here's the latest construction update from ATB Centre Phase 2. 



September 2017

City Council approved an agreement with the Lethbridge YMCA to operate ATB Centre - Phase 2, the future home of the Cor Van Raay YMCA. Visit our News Centre for more details. 


Summer 2017

As we move into the summer construction season, things are really heating up at ATB Centre Phase 2. With the majority of the concrete work completed, spaces are now being defined with framing and the installation of windows.

Many trades are on site on a daily basis including plumbing, electrical and HVAC specialists. On any given day, there can be up to 150 workers on location.

In the facility change rooms, in-floor heating is being installed. This process will be very energy efficient as it will run off waste heat from Phase 1.

In addition to the physical work moving forward, design work also continues. The finalized plans for the indoor playground are taking shape and are expected to be completed this month.

October 24, 2016

Phase 2 construction is on schedule and off the ground - literally! Initial site grading is complete, most concrete foundation footings have been poured, and the structural steel is now taking shape. Most structural steel is expected to be installed by the end of December 2016 for the exterior footprint of Phase 2 (vertical columns, floor support beams and roof beams).

July 20, 2016

The City of Lethbridge and ATB Financial officially announce that the new name of the Crossings Leisure Complex is ATB Centre, under a naming sponsorship agreement.

May 13, 2016

Construction of Phase 2 officially launched with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by local MLAs, City Council members and other partners.  


September 17, 2015

Lethbridge residents are invited to open houses Sept. 22 and 23 for a closer look at the design layout and planned features of Phase 2 of the ATB Centre, one of the most anticipated recreation facilities in the city's history.

These open houses provide opportunities to learn about the layout and features of the facility, to view floor plans and architectural renderings, and to ask questions of the project teams. 


February 2, 2015

The contract for construction management services was awarded to the highest-evaluated, lowest-cost proponent Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. of Calgary. In addition to overseeing construction and tendering out sub-trades, the construction manager will work closely with the design team to identify and troubleshoot issues during design stage which helps minimize delays and added costs later, during construction. 

December 8, 2014

The architectural team was chosen for detailed design work. The $5.4-million contract for design and consulting services was awarded to the highest-evaluated and lowest-cost proponent, Diamond Schmitt Architects, of Toronto, ON, in association with BR2 Architecture, of Edmonton, AB. 

August 5, 2014

City Council amends the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), expanding the aquatic project to include all remaining components of the multi-purpose leisure complex.

Phase 2 Background Information

Phase 2 elements include:

Aquatics (approx.. 51,000 sq. ft.)

  • 25-metre, six-lane lap swimming pool
  • Two giant waterslides
  • Surf simulator
  • Adventure/Lazy river
  • Tots spray area
  • One-metre diving board
  • Climbing wall
  • Wave pool
  • Whirlpool (40-person capacity)
  • Teaching pool
  • Steam rooms
  • ​Changing areas
  • Viewing area
  • Two multi-purpose rooms

Field House/Gymnasiums (approx. 45,000 sq. ft.)

  • Multi-sport/multi-purpose field house
  • Three gymnasiums
  • Dry locker rooms

Fitness Centre (approx. 24,000 sq. ft.)

  • Indoor running/walking track (four lanes X 250 m)
  • Strength training
  • Aerobic fitness equipment
  • Studios

Change rooms are for both aquatics and fitness users.  There will be five change rooms in total: male, female, adult male only, adult female only, and all-gender.  The five change rooms are approximately 10,500 sq. ft. in total and will have 370 full lockers as well as 570 half lockers.

The all-gender change room has been designed to be safe, family-friendly and inclusive for any person regardless of gender identity or expression.  This change area will have 21 private change rooms and 10 private shower rooms.

Other Elements

  • Child minding
  • Indoor playground (approx. 2,700 sq. ft.)
  • Youth room
  • Eight multi-purpose rooms
  • Meeting room
  • Child care (accommodates 60+ children)
  • Commercial lease spaces
  • Two elevators
  • Parking for approximately 700 vehicles including team buses, RVs, Access-A-Ride access, barrier-free parking, bicycle stands
  • Exterior landscaping, lighting and pedestrian walkways

The 2013 Recreation and Culture Master Plan identifies leisure complex components as the number one ranked priority of the community. To understand community needs and gaps in level of service, a significant amount of stakeholder and public input was gathered. Community consultation was used to gauge the level of support for the proposed leisure centre and identify the components required by the community. Stakeholder groups were very supportive of the concept of a leisure centre while the level of public interest and support was also very high. Feedback from the public engagement process confirmed that existing facilities were not meeting current demand in the community due to lack of facilities and/or functionality of current facilities.
In addition, community consultation included meetings with organizations currently operating public recreation facilities in the community. These organizations indicated that their facilities are near maximum capacity and that their ability to offer expanded opportunities for the community is limited.



​Grant - Municipal Sustainability ​$19,200,000​Construction
​Operating Budget​$1,400,000​Construction
​PAYG - Community​$1,750,000​Construction
​Reserve - MCPR​$21,680,000​Construction, Consulting Services Property Acquisition, Equipment and Furnishings


Contact Information

Karrie Nightingale, Facility Services
Facility Services Manager