Why all inclusive stadium design matters

CannonDesign’ Ken Wiseman is featured in a new piece from, STADIA entitled, “All INCLUSIVE – The challenge of providing access for patrons with reduced mobility is rising in prominence. Are stadia designers and operators doing enough,” and discusses the importance of inclusive design and provides examples from the Richmond Olympic Oval. STADIA is one of the leading international journals dedicated to stadium design, regularly featuring breakthrough facilities, highlighting emerging trends and profiling leaders in the stadium design community.

Ken served as one of the lead architects for the Richmond Olympic Oval (ROO), the signature venue of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. The venue proved visionary in that it is the first Olympic indoor long-track speedskating venue to be designed with a legacy purpose. Historically, indoor long-track facilities were designed with the Games as a singular purpose and then faced significant revenue and operations challenges post-Games due to their size. The ROO lives on as a multi-sport community center that has catalyzed the creation of a new urban waterfront neighborhood in Richmond, BC. The venue also hosted the 2010 Paralympics and is equipped with extensive inclusive design features.

Read the full STADIA piece online. Below is an excerpt from Ken’s contributions.

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“Universal accessibility was hard-wired into the (ROO) from day one. Because it was both a municipal venue with universal aspirations and an Olympic venue, we had the most robust definitions of problems that I’ve ever been involved in. We confronted issues while still drawing, and found rational solutions.”

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