CARSA, opening in spring 2015, will be a world-class venue providing state-of-the-art training, recreation, research and learning facilities.
It takes dedicated resources and space to foster athletic excellence and to support quality recreational opportunities and services. CARSA is designed to inspire excellence in physical, intellectual and social activity.
With approximately 190,000 square feet (equivalent to three football fields), the new centre will be located near the existing McKinnon Gym and adjacent to Gabriola Road. Features will include:
- A new gymnasium with seating for more than 2,000 spectators;
- A fitness and weight-training space of two storeys;
- A 16-metre climbing tower rising up through the fitness and weight-training area for exhilarating views from the top;
- An indoor field house with adaptable space for a variety of sports;
- Team rooms and a dedicated varsity training room;
- Dance space, spin class room and a yoga studio;
- Squash and racquetball courts;
- Rowing ergometer centre;
- And sports therapy clinic.
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State-of-the-art space for all
It will also house offices, labs and a machine shop for UVic's CanAssist, which is unique to North America in being a university organization which develops and delivers customized technologies, programs and services that improve the quality of life of people living with disabilities.
Upon completion of the new centre, UVic’s School for Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education will benefit from a repurposing of the vacated space in the McKinnon building in order to bring the school's programs and faculty together under one roof. As well, students, faculty and researchers will benefit from primary access to the new state-of-the-art facilities within CARSA.
CARSA is targeted to meet the LEED gold building standard. Additional sustainability features:
- A geothermal system will provide both heating and cooling for the building.
- The building is very water efficient with reductions in potable water consumption by 40% (representing 7.5 million litres of drinkable water per year).
- Energy efficiencies and operational savings will be achieved with the use of LED lighting fixtures.
- Over 100 bike parking spaces will be provided in the parkade adjacent to the centre's main entrance.
- UVic is committed to planting 282 trees as part of the project.