Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre
Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure CentreBradford, Ont. 2013
The Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre was planned and built as the main component of an overall civic campus to meet the needs of the community’s expanding population. This campus is a green-field development, and — in addition to the 150,000-square-foot leisure center — includes a 40,000-square-foot library; a new running track for the adjacent high school; a park consisting of a skate trail, a small outdoor theatre and a skateboard park; and a future 50,000-square-foot administration building.
The use of light defines this hub of physical activity and community gathering. The light-colored exterior palette of metal panels and architectural block reflects natural light, and the glazing, skylights and translucent curtain walls allow light in during the day and emit an inviting glow during the long winter twilights. Deep overhangs create a protected exterior space.
The central light-filled circulation spine achieves the owner’s goals of creating a striking facility that the public understands immediately upon entering. This main space affords generous visual connections to the four major program areas: an NHL-size twin pad facility, a pool complex, a double gymnasium and community service spaces.
Project DetailsArchitect: Lett Architects Inc.; Peterborough, Ont.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Salter Pilon Architecture Inc.; Barrie, Ont.
Construction Cost: $33.78 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 150,000
Occupancy: May 2012
Architectural Block: Alba
Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Omron Healthcare Inc.
Automatic Sliding Doors: Horton Automatics
Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.
Bleachers: Second Generation Furnishings
Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.
Bleachers/Grandstands: Second Generation Furnishings
Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Chemical Control Systems: NCAquatics
Dashers: Welmar Recreational Products (Raita Sport)
Deck/Basin Surface: Myrtha Pools USA
Divider Curtains: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.
Entertainment Systems: Telk Communications
Filtration Systems: NCAquatics
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite
Folding Parttion: Corflex
Free-Weight Equipment: UMAX Strength
Glass Wall System: Pilkington Profilit
Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA
Gymnastics Equipment: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.
Ladders/Grab Bars: NCAquatics
Landscape Items: Equiparc
Lane Markers: NCAquatics
Linear Metal Ceiling: Hunter Douglas
Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing
Multipurpose: Forbo Flooring Systems
Pool Slide: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.
Refrigeration Units: Cimco Refrigeration
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Security Grille: Amstel Manufacturing
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Canadian Washroom Products
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Hadrian Inc.
Sound Systems: ADM Electronics/Telk Communications
Starting Blocks: Myrtha Pools USA
Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.
Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.
Wall Padding: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.
Washroom Grab bars: ASI Group
Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.
Window Shades: Sunproject