Facilities of Merit 2008: University of Toronto Mississauga Recreation, Athletic and Wellness Centre

University of Toronto Mississauga Recreation, Athletic and Wellness Centre

Mississauga, ON
Year in Showcase: 2008

Project Description

Praised by the judges for its abundant use of sustainable design strategies and its integration into the University of Toronto Mississauga campus fabric, the Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre was described by one panelist as resembling ?a museum of recreation.? Designed as an addition to an existing athletics building, the facility features a unified exterior palette of large-format architectural block, pewter-colored aluminum paneling and clear glass that complement the materials of the original structure. Inside, bold colored glass and wood wall elements augment a signature concrete wall featuring playful apertures for viewing activities in the gym.

The facility maintains an overwhelming sense of openness and accessibility, with many of its spaces superimposed within a large, shared, three-story volume. A grand, slate-clad staircase rises through the heart of the facility, while large seating steps and generous landing areas encourage students and faculty to slow down, interact with each other and take in the various activities around them.


Judge's Comments

A lively ""staircase"" building of green roofs, skylit spaces and well-utilized colors and materials.
— Mark Bodien

Well-organized plan. Incorporates sustainable elements very well into the exterior skin and massing.
— Philip Laird

Impressive use of green roofs that not only contribute aesthetically, but are integral to the building's amazing 55 percent energy savings.
— John Kane


Project Details

Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners; Toronto, Ont.
Major facility components: Gymnasium, jogging track, natatorium, fitness center, fitness studio, sports medicine suite
Funded by: University funds, student fees
Construction Cost: $24 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 73,000
Occupancy: July 2006

Access Ramps/Stairs: Myrtha Pools USA

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Sheridan Gymnasium Equipment Ltd.

Bulkheads: Myrtha Pools USA

Chemical Control Systems: CAT Controllers Inc.

Divider Curtains: Qued, Div. of Seaway Mats Inc.

Dryers: Ipso USA

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Exercise Balls: Life Fitness

Filters: Nemato Corp.

Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA

Handicapped Equipment: RehaMed International LLC

Ladders/Grab Bars: Myrtha Pools USA

Lane Markers: Anti Wave V.I.P.

Lockers: Hadrian Inc.

Rehabilitation/Testing Units: Woodway

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Stair Climbers: FreeMotion Fitness

Starting Blocks: Myrtha Pools USA

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Nautilus Inc.

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Atlantis Inc.

Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Woodway

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spieth Anderson U.S.A. Inc.

Washers: Ipso USA


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