Buildings at PassivHaus to open this winter and at Whistler Olympic Plaza this spring
Construction continues to move ahead on the two new commercial-grade public washroom buildings being built at PassivHaus and Whistler Olympic Plaza – with both projects on time and on budget.
A significant amount of underground infrastructure work has occurred since construction commenced on both sites this May. Now the focus is on building the above-ground structures, interiors and finishings. The PassivHaus washrooms are expected to open to the public before the end of 2020, and the Whistler Olympic Plaza washrooms are scheduled to open in Spring 2021.
“Publicly accessible washrooms throughout Whistler Village are important amenities to serve our guests and community. The need for more washroom spaces has long been identified, and access to washrooms is now even more important during COVID-19 times,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “The project management team has done an excellent job delivering this project during a challenging time, with all construction completed in line with COVID-19 safety protocols. The project is also employing 15 Sea to Sky trade companies, supporting jobs and aiding in local economic recovery.”
Work to date
At both PassivHaus and Whistler Olympic Plaza, the foundation and concrete work is complete.
This included foundation footings and walls with insulation, exterior and interior concrete walls, below slab mechanical and heat trace installation and finished concrete flooring.
Meanwhile, extensive civil upgrades and tie-ins are nearing completion at both locations – such as tie-ins for water, electrical, storm and sewer services. This work occurred underground and involved trenching and excavation.
For PassivHaus: Electrical services were moved to the new building and existing water services for amenities in the area were re-routed. Framing for the building structure and roof has also been undertaken. The next stage of work includes external finishing and cladding, followed by window and door installation, interior finishes and exterior clean-up.
At Whistler Olympic Plaza: Deep and complex excavations has been undertaken due to the depth of the existing service infrastructure. An electrical kiosk, needed for multiple services and conduit paths, was relocated into the building – improving access and reliability for existing electrical and technical equipment for the plaza area. A deep manhole connection for the sewer and storm service was also installed, as well as exterior drainage for the site to accommodate new paved surfaces. During excavation at Whistler Olympic Plaza for the water service connection, a failed water main was found and is currently being replaced. Work continues with block wall and framing, followed by roofing and cladding.
Both washrooms buildings will continue to take shape over the coming months.
At the PassiveHaus, from November to December, work will be contained to the inside of the building. This includes internal fixtures and fittings, internal plumbing and electrical connections, millwork finishes, painting and commissioning.
At Whistler Olympic Plaza, from November to spring, work will continue on the exterior of the building as weather permits. Interior work will continue through the winter. Anticipated work includes: External finishing installation, internal components, fixtures and fittings, plumbing, mechanical and electrical installation, millwork finishes and painting. Commissioning and final landscape and replanting will be completed in the spring.
Thank you to the Province of BC
These two new public washrooms are made possible thanks to the Province of British Columbia/ Construction and ongoing maintenance costs are funded 100 per cent through Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding. RMI funding is specifically for supporting small, tourism-based municipalities to build and diversify their tourism infrastructure, deliver exceptional visitor experiences and incorporate sustainable tourism practices and products.
All construction is occurring in accordance to the BC Provincial guidelines for COVID-19, with safe working practices implemented at all sites, during all stages of the project.
This project will add the equivalent of almost 20 new toilet and urinal stalls in Whistler with supporting mechanical and janitorial space. These commercial-grade washroom buildings will be used by hundreds of people a day and have been prudently designed to meet the needs of the public. They will be durable, easy to maintain and able to withstand Whistler’s heavy snow loads.
Each building will also have several inclusive/universal/family compartments to help ensure Whistler is safe and welcoming to all visitors.
A third washroom at Gateway Loop with 11 new toilet and urinal stalls is also planned. Originally scheduled for construction this year, the Gateway Loop washroom was deferred during the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s budget amendment process in May as part of the response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Full details on the washroom project are available at whistler.ca/washrooms.