Middlesex Centre Wellness and Recreation Complex
Middlesex Centre Wellness and Recreation ComplexKomoka, Ont. 2013
Middlesex Centre creates a new civic heart and identity for the community, as well as sets a standard for sustainable development in the area. The main program elements include a twin pad ice arena, a fitness center with gymnasium and indoor running track, and a branch library organized around a central atrium.
As part of the ground-floor’s “T” circulation design, the library and fitness center flank the atrium and address the street and forecourt through large glazed openings. A second-floor foyer provides views over the atrium and primary ice pad while providing access to additional fitness, gathering and viewing areas. Durable low-maintenance materials were chosen for interior walls and floors. A coordinated color scheme serves as a wayfinding device, with a dedicated wall color for each program element merging in the main atrium to create playful wall patterns.
Similarly, program elements are expressed individually on the exterior. An extended canopy with a cedar soffit and stone cladding identify the library and bring warmth to the building entrance. Specialized glass, combined with a series of horizontal aluminum cap extensions, identifies the fitness center and main circulation zones. Finally, a metal-clad “wrap” encompasses the arena volume.
Project DetailsARCHITECT OF RECORD: Cornerstone Architecture Incorporated; London, Ont.
Construction Cost: $18.15 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 108,000
Occupancy: September 2011
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Sheridan Gymnasium Equipment Ltd.
Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.
Cardiovascular Equipment: Technogym USA Corp.
Dashers: Cascadia Sport Systems
Divider Curtains: Sheridan Gymnasium Equipment Ltd.
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Free-Weight Equipment: Iron Grip Barbell Co.
Lockers: General Storage Systems Ltd.
Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Refrigeration Units: Cimco Refrigeration
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: OES Inc.
Scorers Tables: Cascadia Sport Systems
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Watrous
Sound Systems: Gordon Ruth & Co. Ltd.