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ATB Centre - Phase 2 (D-6)

​Current StatusComplete
Detailed Design 2015; Construction 2016-2019
LocationCrossings Neighbourhood - Corner of Britannia Boulevard West and Mauretania Road West

Latest Project Update

June 14, 2019 - The community gathered to celebrate the grand opeing 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 and a grand opening event was held on June 14, 2019. 

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 in Phase 2 of ATB Centre, the future home of the Cor Van Raay YMCA, the focus will shift to testing equipment and training staff ahead of the facility opening later this spring. Read full update here.


About the Project

ATB Centre - Phase 2 will be the future home of the Cor Van Raay YMCA. This project consists of the detailed design and construction of the remaining leisure components which will adjoin to ATB Centre - Phase 1, located in the Crossings neighbourhood of west Lethbridge. At approximately 256,000 square feet, Phase 2 will include 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 are viable and will be part of the design. ATB Centre will be comprised of key program components which were identified through a needs assessment process which included engaging applicable stakeholder groups and the general public.
Construction of Phase 2 began in May 2016, and expected to open in the spring of 2019. In spring 2015, stakeholders and focus groups were consulted during the pre-design stage to reaffirm findings in the 2012 Leisure Centre Needs Assessment.




Past Project Updates

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. These will be very energy efficient as they 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, 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 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 provided 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 - Contract for construction management services 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 - Architectural team 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 multi-purpose leisure complex.

Phase 2 Background Information

Phase 2 elements include:

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

  • 25-metre, 6-lane lap swimming pool
  • 2 giant waterslides
  • Surf simulator
  • Adventure/Lazy river
  • Tots spray area
  • 1-metre diving board
  • Climbing wall
  • Wave pool
  • Whirlpool (40-person capacity)
  • Teaching pool
  • Steam rooms
  • ​Changing areas
  • Viewing area
  • 2 multi-purpose rooms

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

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

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

  • Indoor running/walking track (4 lanes X 250 m)
  • Strength training
  • Aerobic fitness equipment
  • Studios

Change rooms are for both aquatics and fitness users.  There will be 5 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
  • 8 multi-purpose rooms
  • Meeting room
  • Child care (accommodates 60+ children)
  • Commercial lease spaces
  • 2 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.


Phase 2 Project Budget

Total projected budget for this project is $109,550,000.

Contact Information

Ashley Matthews
Project Coordinator
City of Lethbridge

Patrick Spanos
Project Manager
City of Lethbridge