2014 Facilities of Merit: Cornell Community Centre & Library

Photo by Tom Arban Photography
Photo by Tom Arban Photography

Cornell Community Centre & Library | Markham, Ont.

The Cornell Community Centre & Library excited one panelist with its ability to integrate a health care component: “Yes, it can be done.”

Connected to an existing hospital, the new facility combines cultural, educational and therapy functions with more traditional recreation at the heart of a newly integrated health care campus. Several judges admired the interior’s detailing and introduction of natural light, as well as its refined finishes and palette of white and light colors. Said one judge, “The use of wood on the interior makes this facility feel so warm and inviting.”

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Judges’ Comments:

This is an exceptional project that contains a very complex program in a clear and coherent way. The spaces are light-filled and inviting, and the material palette is very refined.

— Darryl Condon

Honest expression of structure in the high-bay activity spaces. Clean, well-thought-out detailing on the interiors.

— Bill Baker

Elegant. Richness in materials, abundant natural light, wealth of programming offerings and opportunities. Great synergy with health care adjacency.

— Stephen Springs

Perkins+Will | Toronto, Ont.

$58.5 million (Canadian)

Square Footage: 125,000

Funded By: Government funds

Major Facility Components: Three-court gym, aquatic center, fitness areas, indoor playground, outdoor court, rehearsal hall, youth aerobics studio, running track, snoezelen, library, pedestrian plaza

More 2014 Facilities of Merit: 

Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center 

Audley Recreation Centre 

Chinguacousy Sports Park Redevelopment


FomThe 2014 Athletic Business® Facilities of Merit™ awards were selected by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging in Madison, Wis. The 10 winners are being announced 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 Orlando on Friday, Nov. 14.


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