Trent University

Trent University

Peterborough, Ont.

Project Description

Through the expansion and renewal of an existing athletics facility, the university now offers a full spectrum of indoor and outdoor athletics and recreation programs, and it can forge new alliances with sports organizations seeking access to high-caliber facilities. A seamless combination of new construction and renovated spaces achieves a complete regeneration of the facility that respectfully integrates with the strong architectural character of the campus, while advocating a new model of reuse and sustainability.

A dramatic glass lobby asserts a bold and inviting new identity for the building, establishing a prominent gateway element for the main campus. A series of public plazas, pathways and landscaped spaces replaced an existing parking area, creating an attractive new pedestrian zone. Similarly, a new wing situated next to the river and existing launch sites contains a sports medicine suite, a fitness center, a climbing wall and a rowing center, enabling indoor and outdoor training for rowing and paddling.

Internally, strategic glazing allows for dramatic internal and external views throughout the building, creating a sense of openness and transparency. A double-height lobby space housing a wood-clad reception and café area serves as a vital new gathering space.

A philosophy of sustainable design was incorporated throughout the project, and a distinctive copper cladding system showcases the use of recycled local materials as part of the design, reinforcing an image that is sensitive to the university’s strong green mandate, while blending seamlessly with existing campus buildings.


Project Details

Architect: Perkins+Will; Toronto, Ont.
Construction Cost: $14.5 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 80,000
Occupancy: June 2010

Cleaners/Vacuums: Rainbow Lifegard Products, Div. Of Pentair Pool

Deck/Basin Surface: Myrtha Pools USA

Dehumidifiers: Myrtha Pools USA

Diving Boards: Myrtha Pools USA

Filtration Systems: Myrtha Pools USA

Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo

Flooring, Aerobics: Flexco

Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA

Heaters: Myrtha Pools USA

Hydrotherapy Tanks: SwimEx Inc.

Ladders/Grab Bars: Myrtha Pools USA

Lane Markers: Myrtha Pools USA

Lighting: Myrtha Pools USA

Lockers: General Locker Systems

Sanitization Systems: Myrtha Pools USA

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Myrtha Pools USA

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Hadrian Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.


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