The Telus/Laval University Stadium is dual purpose. It has a synthetic soccer field as well as VIP boxes for outdoor football (the football field is adjacent to the facility).
The stadium has a surface area of 8,720 square metres, divided over three levels (two above ground and one below). The engineered wood structure (100% Quebec-sourced and Forest Stewardship Council-certified) is made up of 13 variable-inertia arches made of glue-laminated wood with steel drag braces and cross braces. The free span measures 68.5 metres.
The successes associated with this process include the natural ventilation system, which contributes to energy savings and enhances user comfort. The building’s volumetry and openings encourage natural ventilation within the stadium (only the VIP boxes are mechanically cooled). Motorized operable windows were installed on the east and west facades for that purpose. Once the temperature reaches a certain level inside the building, the windows open automatically as air from the prevailing winds enters the stadium on the lower west side and exits on top of the east facade.
The architects also wanted to streamline the stadium’s structure. To that end, they worked on a hybrid wood/steel concept. This strategy made it possible to refine certain structural components and to play with contrasts in order to emphasize the wood.
Photo: Stéphane Groleau