Facilities of Merit 2017: Conestoga College Student Recreation Centre, Renovation & Addition

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Conestoga College Student Recreation Centre, Renovation & Addition

Kitchener, ON 2017
Year in Showcase: 2017

Project Description

Recognizing its aging 40-year-old athletic facility was not meeting current needs and expectations of students, Conestoga College set out to redevelop and expand its recreation center into a vibrant fitness, wellness and student activity complex in harmony with the “fitness for life” goals of modern academic institutions. The new expansion is visually open and projects out to the campus, displaying activities within, inviting participation and promoting accessible fitness and wellness.

The primary sustainable initiative was to renovate the existing arena shell, which not only saved on capital costs but retained a very beautiful and useful shell. The new configuration also retains the iconic bold form of the original complex while the expansion presents a new lighter face. The redesign updates the existing gym and adaptively reuses the arena as a new triple-gym and track, as well as a large student commons and classrooms at the second-level concourse. The new front addition contains a large, welcoming reception area, a wellness center, therapy rooms, student rooms, a fitness center and multipurpose studios.

The renovation introduces natural light throughout the new gymnasium and running track to greatly reduce electrical lighting load. All glazing utilizes ceramic- frit patterns to manage solar gain, and all lighting was designed or replaced with LED. The new plaza is designed with bioswale planting beds to manage runoff without the need for stormwater sewer connections. A green-roofed canopy connects the adjacent academic building and replaces a seldom-used open overhead walkway.

Judge's Comments

"Brilliant, confident approach to the new entry and activity center. The cantilevered mass was flawlessly executed." — Keith Russeau

"The fitness bar is designed with beautiful restraint, resulting in a simple lantern that addresses the campus and puts fitness on display. Good use of existing facilities while still delivering a transformative project." — Kalman Nagy

"Authentic, inspiring and timeless. Tremendous adaptive reuse and expansion, creating wonderful light-filled recreation environments." — Troy Sherrard


Project Details

Architect: MJMA
Construction Cost: $17.8 Million (CAD)
Square Feet: 126,950 sf
Occupancy: June 2016

Building Systems - Skylights: Slimlite Skylights Ontario Inc

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Johnsonite

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: National Fitness Products

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: National Fitness Products

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Qued, Div. of Seaway Mats Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Axis Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Lutron Lighting System

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: OES Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables: OES Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: KR Communications

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Covermaster Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Johnsonite

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Laundry - Dryers: Harco

Laundry - Washers: Harco

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: SP Stalls

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: SP Stalls

Architect Of Record

Toronto, ON