Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre

Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre

Project Description

The Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, which represents a significant addition to an existing varsity gym, serves Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and meets the sports, health and wellness requirements of the growing college and university. The new facility is placed in a central campus location, and is flanked by a main pedestrian artery that runs along the principal axis of the college and university. Located on the opposite end of the new facility is a natural green space with indigenous plants and watercourses, which creates a juxtaposition between physical activities and the calmness of the natural world.

The facility houses a regulation-size basketball gymnasium that can be divided into three courts, with spectator seating for 2,000. Above is a suspended four-lane jogging track that requires nine laps to complete a mile. A 10,000-square-foot fitness center provides state-of-the-art equipment, a multipurpose room and meeting space. A major focus of the new center is wellness, demonstrated by the inclusion of a campus medical center, counseling offices, a pharmacy, a sports medicine clinic and a physiotherapy studio.

Overall massing and material composition were viewed in relationship to existing neighboring structures, resulting in an aesthetic that utilizes masonry, horizontally delineated glazing and articulated portals celebrating sport, the sense of arrival and the experience of participation.


Project Details

Architect: Barry
Construction Cost: $14 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 100,000
Occupancy: July 2007

Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Star Trac

Floor Finishes: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite

Free Weight Equipment: Atlantis Enterprises

Lockers: Hadrian Inc.

Rowers: Star Trac

Saunas/Whirlpools: Finlandia/Harvia Sauna Products

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: OES Inc.

Scorer's Tables: JV PRO Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Hadrian Inc.

Stationary Bikes: Star Trac

Strength Equipment: Atlantis Enterprises

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Treadmills: Star Trac

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Inc.


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