Facilities of Merit 2006: Angus Glen Community Centre & Library
Angus Glen Community Centre & LibraryMarkham, ON
Year in Showcase: 2006
“I love this project.” What better compliment than this, from one panelist who praised the Angus Glen Community Centre & Library’s exterior palette of zinc cladding, Wiarton limestone, clay brick and Douglas fir heavy timber and glulam.
These natural materials give the facility’s facade an earthy quality, almost as if it were part of the 30-acre site’s undulating landscape. Plus, the use of such materials inside the Angus Glen center — as in the circulation spine’s masonry and glulam-timber roof structure, a signature architectural expression — furnishes the interior with a “warm, intimate feel.”
This openness is enhanced by the generous use of glazing and natural light, which animates the main program spaces and offers expansive views inside and out. Meanwhile, a second judge noted the facility’s “nice functional separation of spaces,” aided by a series of well-placed ramps and grand stairs. Nevertheless, patrons are drawn back to the Angus Glen center’s many reception areas, including the cozy fireplace lounge.
The interior circulation spine is a dynamic and welcoming space that allows users to become immediately aware of the diverse activities taking place.
— Darryl Condon
Exceptional detailing in every square inch.
— Chris Kastelic
The composition of the library and recreation center is both interesting and trendsetting.
— Anita Moran
Project DetailsArchitect: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners; Toronto, Ont.
Associated Firm: Stafford Haensli Architects; Mississauga, Ont.
Funded by: Municipal funds and provincial grant
Major facility components:
Twin-sheet ice arena, gymnasium, pool, changing rooms, multipurpose rooms, senior and youth areas, district library, ancillary retail and concessions spaces.
Construction Cost: $31.2 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 170,400
Occupancy: September 2004
Aerobics Flooring: Horner Flooring Company
Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Sheridan Gymnasium Equipment Ltd.
Basketball Surfaces: Horner Flooring Company
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment
Fitness Center Flooring: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Ice Rinks Dashers: Raita Sport, Div. of The Welmar Group
Ice Rinks Refrigeration Units: Cimco Refrigeration
Lockers: General Storage Systems Ltd.
Multipurpose Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Pool Chemical Control Systems: Siemens
Pool Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics
Pool Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics
Pool Water Play Features: Rain Drop Products LLC
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spieth Anderson U.S.A. Inc.