2013 Facilities of Merit: North Kawartha Community Centre

"Powerful" came to the mind of more than one judge when describing the North Kawartha Community Centre, which stands not only as a community focal point at the edge of a public park district, but as a multiuse regional destination. One panelist went so far as to term the architectural expression in relation to its site and program "primal."

Photo by Shai GilPhoto by Shai Gil

Located near acres of glacial outcroppings, the canted prism form of the building exterior is reminiscent of a rock promontory, but is highlighted by windows of varying size and location. Expanses of double-layered translucent polycarbonate provide diffused natural light into all major program areas, and allow for public skating without the need for electric light. Interior spaces are likewise stark and simple, lending more power to bold wayfinding graphics.

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Judges' Comments:

An excellent use of a tight budget - not a dollar was wasted. Strategic use of limited windows.

–David Bock


A very fitting solution for the particular site. Well detailed for the budget. Bold exterior.

–Greg Garlock


Powerful project. Simple and efficient plan. Stunning exterior that expresses program and context with the site. Robust and transparent interior - simple but appropriate.

–David Dymecki

Architect of Record:

MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller ArchitectsToronto, Ont.

Cost: $11.3 million

Square Footage: 62,000

Funded By: Government funds

Major Facility Components: Arena with NHL-size ice pad and seating for 400; community center with fitness spaces, multipurpose rooms and administrative offices; concourse that doubles as walking track; banquet hall

The 2013 Athletic Business® Facilities of Merit™awards were recently selected by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging in Madison, Wis. The 10 winners are being announced in this space during these two weeks, and profiles of all 10 will appear in the November issue ofAthletic Business. The awards will be presented to the facility owners and architects at the Athletic Business Conference & Expo in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 22.


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