Atlas Tube Centre & WFCU Pools
Atlas Tube Centre & WFCU PoolsLakeshore, ON 2017
A retreat from urban life
The WFCU Centre Community Pool is a part of the larger, 100-acre Atlas Tube Centre that provides wellness and cultural facilities for a growing residential population. The aquatic center is designed as a park pavilion, establishing garden courtyards to the east and north, and allows for access to a sun terrace and splash pad to the south. A broad overhang on the east side forms a sheltered public verandah, allowing parents to watch soccer games from a weather-protected patio.
Letting the light in
Providing full panoramic park views of the surrounding fields — while allowing for safe, glare-free natural lighting — led to a building section that pairs perimeter tinted glass with linear skylight slots to provide soft, balanced, gallery-quality light. This quality level is matched with a high-performance acoustic configuration. Corrugated, perforated aluminum wall panels and a slatted cedar ceiling cover high-absorption insulation panels for a calm, quiet pool experience.
The new facility is fully accessible. Along with smaller gender-specific change rooms, a central gender-neutral universal change room is fully transparent to the pool deck and entrance corridor. The lap pool and therapy pools feature accessible ramps, while the splash pad is accessed via a zero-depth-entry beach.
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Project DetailsArchitect: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
Construction Cost: $13.9 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 25,000
Occupancy: July 2016
ADA lifts: S.R.Smith
Chemical Control Systems - : Nemato Corp.
Deck/Basin Surface - : American Olean
Filtration Systems - : Nemato Corp.
Gutters - : Neptune Benson Inc.
Ladders/Grab Bars - : S.R.Smith
Lane Markers - : American Olean
Locker/Shower - Flooring: American Olean
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Duralife
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.
Starting Blocks - : Spectrum Aquatics
Water Play Features - : Rain-Drop