Gold Seal Designated Project: Marco Group | The Halifax Common Aquatic Facility

Project Details

As part of the Halifax Common Master Plan, a new outdoor aquatic facility is being constructed by general contractor, Marco Group, on the Halifax common. 

“Marco has been a proud supporter of the Gold Seal program since our inception,” says Allan MacIntosh, president of Marco. “We’ve had over 40 team members become certified and look forward to working with CANS to promote the program throughout all phases of the Halifax Common Aquatic Facility.” 

MJMA, a leading recreation and aquatic facility designer, collaborated with local firms Abbot Brown Architects and Brackish Design Studio to bring the vision of the Halifax Common Aquatic Facility to life. 

The design focuses on creating a facility that not only enhances the surrounding park setting, but also enhances it. Each area of the facility will be fully accessible. 

Once complete, the pool will include a 13,500 square foot pool with capacity for 450 bathers. The pool will feature a sloped, beach-style entry and a barrier free lift to allow safe access for users of all abilities. The six-foot deep end will contain roped-off swimming lanes for lap swimmers and aquatic climbing walls.  

The new exterior water plaza will feature interactive fountain spray features and will provide entertainment for people of all ages.  

The pool change room building will contain universal (gender-neutral) change rooms and washrooms. The washroom facilities will be accessible to all visitors of the Common. Large overhangs on the facility building will provide shade and shelter for pool users, summer camp groups, and visitors to the park. 

A new building replacing the existing Pavilion will be replaced with a new building and two sections connected by a breezeway. There will be a community room with a kitchenette and a barrier-free washroom. It will house a modular stage that can be set up for both indoor and outdoor use to facilitate a variety of events.  

A key feature of the facility buildings will be a nail-laminated timber (NLT) roof. Constructed from lumber placed on its edge and mechanically fastened together, NLT involves minimal waste, is fire resistant, and is very carbon-efficient when compared to other roof deck systems. It requires little maintenance, which is aimed at reducing operating costs over time. This exposed wood, used both inside and outside, is an important aspect of the park-like spirit of the facility. 

The project is targeting net-zero and will use solar photovoltaic panels to help reduce energy consumption. 

The new facility will be easily accessed by people walking or cycling and include a tree grove to enhance the availability of natural shade. The park space will be enhanced with pathways, tables, and benches. 

The project will aim to employ people traditionally underrepresented in the construction industry including women, recent immigrants, visible minorities, African Canadian, Mi’kmaw, persons of low income, LGBTQ+ and youth.  

Halifax Common Aquatic Facility will open for use in the summer of 2023.

Progress Updates

July 6, 2023 – Project Update

On July 6, Gold Seal Designated Project, the Halifax Common Aquatic Facility, opened to the public. Located on the mainland common, the pool offers a 25m five-lane pool, 3 climbing walls, beach entry with play features and large universal change rooms with individual and family cubicles. For more information, visit HRM’s website.

Photo of Thiago Chiarelli and Paul Flynn, Marco

March 20, 2023 – Project Update

The project is reaching its final stages in great shape. Interior finishes are progressing in both buildings, with M&E rough ins and interior partitions nearing completion. On the exterior, the winter weather imposed expected restraints, but didn’t prevent the team from making significant progress. The facility is progressing on schedule to open to the public in Summer 2023.

January 30, 2023 – Interview with, Alexander Linero, GSC Project Manager, Marco

Alexander Linero is a Gold Seal Certified project manager with Marco. We recently interviewed Alex to learn more about his motivation to become Gold Seal Certified, how it’s impacted his career, and the importance of education for construction management professionals. Read more here!

November 7, 2022 – Project Update

The Halifax Common Aquatic Facility is proceeding on schedule into the fall of 2022. Concrete work for the pool tank has been completed and structural steel is complete. Masonry for pavilion building is complete and work is currently ongoing for the change room building. Hardscaping started with the pool deck preparation.

September 1, 2022 – Interview with, Thiago Chiarelli, GSC Project Manager, Marco

Thiago Chiarelli is a Gold Seal Certified Project Manager with Marco. We recently interviewed Thiago to learn more about his motivation to become Gold Seal Certified, how it’s impacted his career, and the importance of education for construction management professionals. Read more here!

June 2, 2022 – Project Kick Off

CANS and Marco came together to place a site banner on the new Halifax Common Aquatic Facility, Gold Seal Designated Project. The project broke ground in April and is expected to be open to the public in summer 2023. Once complete, the facility will include a 13,500 square foot pool with space for 450 people, a community room with a kitchenette, a new playground, modular stage for a variety of events, and a tree grove to enhance natural shade.

CANS and Marco appear in the photo with Gold Seal Designated Project banner in background.

L-R: Alex Hickman (Marco, summer student), Corey Taylor (Marco, Sr. VP of Operations), Alex Linero (Marco, Assistant Project Manager), Thiago Chiarelli (Marco, Project Manager), Cameron Brow (Marco Site Superintendent), Chantal Arsenault (CANS, Director, Policy & Workforce Development), Rod Ackerman (Marco, COO)

Halifax Common Aquatic Facility, Gold Seal Designated Project

Project rendering of Halifax Common Aquatic Facility.

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Construction Association of Nova Scotia
T: 902-817-5214

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