Facilities of Merit 2015: Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre

Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre

Toronto, ON 2015
Year in Showcase: 2015

Project Description

The new Athletics & Wellness Centre at Branksome Hall, an all-girls school set within a large green property in the urban heart of Toronto, is a connector of sport, health, nourishment and nature. The two-story center includes a mezzanine green roof with two pools for teaching and training, a rowing center, a gymnasium, a fitness center for high-performance training, a dining hall, yoga and dance studios, and office spaces.

The building is located on the edge of a wooded ravine and connects to the east campus by a pedestrian bridge on the second level. A series of internal walkways with interconnected ground and second floors encourages students to pass by and observe the activities — inspiring involvement in the athletic community. The strong visible connection to a ravine dividing the campus is like a breath of fresh air deep into the inner volumes. The larger volumes of the gymnasium, fitness, dance and yoga spaces appear as containers of light, sitting on a glowing glass base elevated in a similar way as the pedestrian bridge.

Judge's Comments

An incredible design understanding in terms of forms, spaces, interior composition and materials. This is a wonderful building that just begs you to walk in and experience every space."  — Mark Williams

"An abundance of natural light and skillful restraint to articulate the details and colors of the interior finishes."  — Tom Poulos

"The interior of this project shows careful consideration of views, composition and materials delivered with impeccable detailing to create an elegant building."  — Anita Moran

Project Details

Architect: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
Construction Cost: $34 million (CAN)
Square Feet: 65,000 sf
Occupancy: December 2014

Building Systems - Skylights: Artistic Skylight Domes

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Advantage Fitness

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Advantage Fitness

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Advantage Fitness

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Metalumen

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Genesis

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables: Technion

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Genesis

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd. / Speith & Andersen

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Gym-Con Ltd.

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Spec-Rite Designs

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Acapulco Pools

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: ChlorKing Inc.

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Acapulco Pools

Pools - Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.

Pools - Filtration Systems: Regenerative Media Vertical Filter

Pools - Gutters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Pools - Lane Markers: Competitor Swim

Pools - Lighting: Metalumen

Pools - Sanitization Systems: ChlorKing Inc.

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Pools - Starting Blocks: Swiss Timing