Facilities of Merit 2018: York Recreation Centre

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York Recreation Centre

Toronto, ON 2018
Year in Showcase: 2018

Project Description

Strategically located at a major arterial intersection, the York Recreation Centre is a new community focal point for three distinct but challenged neighborhoods. The building provides much-needed facilities and programs within its 70,000 square feet, including an aquatics center, a gymnasium, a fitness center, a preschool room and multi-use rooms with associated ancillary and change-room spaces.

Internally, the site benefits from an adjacent park and a beautiful ravine. Conceived as a large pavilion, the setting creates a natural backdrop for many of the spaces. The building’s architecture capitalizes on this relationship with a light and transparent structure that invites panoramic views of the park, and a large communal porch that enables activities to spill outside during the summer months.

The project advocates a green approach to both the site and building, employing several energy- and water-conservation features in its design. A large green roof serves as a prominent feature and doubles as a rainwater collector and sunlight harvester.

Using bold colors and generous areas of glazing, the York Recreation Centre blends with its natural ravine setting while asserting a strong presence to the streetscape. In its first month of operation, the building became an important symbolic landmark embraced by the community, with more than 10,000 residents signing up for various programs and activities.

York Recreation Centre


Judge's Comments

“This compact design draws its strength from its dramatic roof design and large expanses of glass.” — Anita Moran

“I appreciate the clarity and crispness of the design along with the attention to detail in coordinating exposed building systems.” — Stephen Springs

“The overall material choice and bold, strategic placement of color inside and out really set this project apart from others. The design achieves a nice balance between interior and exterior spaces providing a 360-degree experience for the public.” — Doug Barraza


Project Details

Architect: Perkins+Will
Construction Cost: $23,500,000 (CAD)
Square Feet: 70,000
Occupancy: February 2017

Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures: Miraj Steel Limited

Building Systems - Skylights: Sherwood Windows

Fitness Center - Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Technical/Nematron

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Forum Athletic Products

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Forum Athletic Products

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Gymnastics Equipment: Forum Athletic Products

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Forum Athletic Products

Hand / Hair Dryers: World Dryer Corp.

Hand / Hair Dryers: Dyson

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Forbo Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Centura Tile

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Lincora Lockers

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Jacuzzi

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Canadian Washroom Products

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Lincora

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Lighting: Hess America

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Vision Almet Limited

Pools - Bleachers: Personal Touch - Millwork

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology, Inc.

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Acapulco

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Vac-Alert

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: SVRS

Pools - Covers: Acapulco

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Acapulco

Pools - Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.

Pools - Diving Boards: Acapulco

Pools - Filtration Systems: National Line

Pools - Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Pools - Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: American Specialties Inc.

Pools - Lane Markers: Aquam Aquatic Specialist Inc.

Pools - Lighting: Cooper Lighting

Pools - Lighting: Atlantic Lighting

Pools - Sanitization Systems: BECS Technology, Inc.

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: OES Inc.

Pools - Starting Blocks: Aquam Aquatic Specialist Inc.

Pools - Water Play Features: Waterplay Solutions Corp.

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Sherwood Windows

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: Jacuzzi / Acapulco

Architect Of Record

Perkins+Will
Toronto, ON

Aquatic Engineer

Perkins+Will
Ottawa, ON

Landscape Architect

Fleisher Ridout Partnership Inc.
Toronto, ON

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