Tommy Thompson Park Entrance and Pavilion is currently under construction, with the formwork for the concrete walls of the pavilion now in place. These walls will have a unique chiselled exposed-aggregate finish, the mock-up for which was reviewed this week. Mock-ups are incredibly instructive in the construction process for all the disciplines involved – to evaluate the design, the tools being used and material limitations.
The project seeks to establish a new front door to the Park that is welcoming, engaging, and ecologically sensitive to its context. Led by DTAH, the design seeks to demonstrate best practices in low-impact development by establishing an entry landscape that are structured with berms and bioswales to support stormwater management, habitat expansion and visual screening strategies. The entrance pavilion, which includes public washrooms as well as storage/office space to support on-site educational programming, provides generous sheltered outdoor areas for gathering and educational opportunities.