Facilities of Merit 2015: Kiwanis Aquatic Centre and Grantham Branch Library

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Kiwanis Aquatic Centre and Grantham Branch Library

St. Catharines, ON 2015
Year in Showcase: 2015

Project Description

The Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and Grantham Branch Library project responds to the city’s demand for expansion and renewal of its existing recreational, leisure and library facilities. It includes 48,000 square feet of new space, containing a large aquatics center, multi-use rooms and a branch library, as well as various associated administrative and support spaces.

The design features two splayed wings containing the building’s major program components. These wings conform to the unique geometry of the site and offer a strong relationship to the adjacent streetscape. At the heart of the design, a triangular lobby serves as the main living space of the center, with integrated viewing and lounge areas, as well as a vending niche. A unique inverted roof form lends a distinctive identity to the building, which draws inspiration from the rich tradition of park pavilions within the surrounding Niagara Region. Large overhangs and canopy elements help to control sunlight in the pool and other glare-sensitive zones, while reinforcing a fluid connection between indoors and outdoors. Extensive use of natural materials such as limestone, clay brick and Douglas fir timber further complement the natural park setting while supporting the project’s sustainable mandate.

In all cases, generous glazing was implemented throughout to maximize daylighting and views. This is complemented by a series of integrated energy, water and resource conservation measures, including embedded heat-recovery and rainwater-harvesting systems. The project is registered with the Canadian Green Building Council and is targeting LEED Silver certification.

Judge's Comments

"The roof is dramatically sloped to allow natural light in and draws one's eye skyward, making the indoor swimming space feel right. The use of materials from the earth — concrete, brick and wood — make it feel natural like swimming in a river or a lake."   — Steven Flanagan

"The simplicity of this design is what gives it strength."   — Anita Moran

"Building organization, choice of materials and elegant detailing combine to turn a simple program into an architectural centerpiece of leisure, recreation and education for the city."   — Tom Poulos

Project Details

Architect: Perkins+Will
Architect: Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen
Construction Cost: $18.675 million
Square Feet: 48,000 sf
Occupancy: May 2012

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Canadian Washroom Products

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Canadian Washroom Products

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Aquam Aquatic Specialist Inc.

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Sport Systems Canada

Pools - Bulkheads: Canada Pools

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: Canada Pools Ltd., Power Flite PF55 20 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum – Flexo, Tornado CK14/1 14” Upright Vaccum – Flexo, Karcher HD 1.9/13C High Pressure Washer – Flexo, Advance DC3000 26” Ride-On Floor

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Duramax

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: EngA Engineered Air Model PD6134/C

Pools - Diving Boards: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Pools - Filtration Systems: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Aquam Aquatic Specialist Inc.

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Architect Of Record

Toronto, ON