Cornell Community Centre

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Cornell Community Centre

Markham, ON 2017

Project Description

A holistic approach to wellness
Through inclusive aquatic programming, the aquatic center at Cornell Community Centre and Library is designed to support and advocate a more holistic approach to health and wellness. Connected to Markham-Stouffville Hospital, the facility is the heart of a newly integrated healthcare campus. This holistic view of wellness shaped the enduring architecture of the center.

Simple, straightforward design
The bright, fresh interior of the aquatics center is a natural complement to the colored bands of warm yellow light. Simple enduring facades of white tile, architectural block and acoustic paneling enclose the room and are accented by colored-tile walls, spray features and a vibrant yellow slide. A panelized prefabricated construction approach helped ensure that both construction deadlines and user expectations were met.

A fun forum for everyone
This space has become an important community “forum” that helps people improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. No longer simply a place to swim, this aquatic facility is integral to the everyday life of the entire community. The indoor splash pad is believed to be the first of its kind in North America. Other unique features include lounge chair bubblers in the therapy tank and an innovative use of a padded-pool membrane technology to create an on-deck spray area.


  • Therapy pool
  • Eight-lane pool
  • Indoor splash pad
  • Water slide
  • Leisure pool
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Project Details

Construction Cost: $58.5 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 123,000
Occupancy: March 2013

Access Ramps/Stairs - : Hollandia

Bleachers - : Sheridan Seating

Chemical Control Systems - : Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems

Covers - : Armstrong

Deck/Basin Surface - : Myrtha Pools USA

Dehumidifiers - : Engineered Air

Filtration Systems - : Nemato Corp.

Gutters - : Myrtha Pools USA

Heaters - : Bell & Gossette

Ladders/Grab Bars - : Myrtha Pools USA

Lane Markers - : Spectrum Aquatics

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Spec-Rite

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Swim Ex

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Hadrian Inc.

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Scoreboard/Timing Systems - : Colorado Time Systems

Starting Blocks - : Myrtha Pools USA

Water Play Features - : Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.

Water Slides: Hollandia

Architect Of Record

Toronto, ON