Facilities of Merit 2018: University of Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre
University of Guelph Gryphons Athletic CentreGuelph, ON 2018
Year in Showcase: 2018
The goal of this project was to balance the needs of high-performance varsity athletes, create a campus social and wellness hub supporting student life, and provide a regional event center for the surrounding community.
The expansion includes a state-of-the art fitness center with a club-like atmosphere, a triple gymnasium/event center with retractable bowl seating for 2,000, a running track with an additional 400 viewing spaces, student and varsity change rooms, a climbing wall, and program spaces to accommodate recreation, intramurals, fitness instruction and varsity activity. A primary driver for the design was the creation of a variety of accessible student spaces to foster social interaction and encourage exploration of the many programs available. The new complex satisfies the athletic and academic needs of the University and Guelph community and acts as a venue for major sporting, social gathering, cultural and conference events. The new east face of the facility has been designed to display University of Guelph athletics to the community and presents a large-scale, bold and fluid new profile to the adjacent street.
Gryphon Athletics red denotes the main public circulation path, making a clear statement to visiting teams that they have entered Gryphon territory. The bold color contrasts with the surrounding neutral palette of materials and finishes, providing clear wayfinding and integrated accessibility requirements for the main public route.
“The project is well-executed on all levels with a clear, simple palette of materials and use of color to integrate the exterior, interior, branding and overall vision of athletics and wellness community.” — Doug Barraza
“The Guelph Athletic Center displays a very deliberate use of interior color that speaks to circulation and individual movement in a healthy and exciting way.” Emily Parris
“The University of Guelph Athletic Center presents a contemporary expression and the clean interior design and use of team colors and graphics are top notch.” — Don Jones
Project DetailsArchitect: MJMA
Construction Cost: $42M (CAD)
Square Feet: 180,000 sf
Occupancy: October 2016
Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures: Designed Structure
Building Systems - Skylights: Architectural Plastic Ltd.
Fitness Center - Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Stak Fitness
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Stak Fitness
Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Rockwerx
Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Stak Fitness
Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Netpulse
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Stak Fitness
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Stak Fitness
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Forum Athletic Products
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs: Hussey Seating Co.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Gymnastics Equipment: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Eaton's Ephesus Sports Lighting
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Fulcrum Acoustic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sheridan Gymnasium Equipment Ltd.
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Laundry - Dryers: UniMac
Laundry - Washers: UniMac
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Columbia Lockers
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.