Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA & London Public Library

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Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA & London Public Library

London, ON 2019

Project Description

The building is situated at the front of its site, creating a strong identity and urban address. Leveraging its street presence, the community center is visible from the main arterial thoroughfare, with parking positioned at the rear. Planning requirements dictated that the main entrance was to face out onto the main road. However, with the majority of users arriving from the rear, the design solution sought to provide two entrances, both of which arrive into a unified central lobby.

The design accentuates and celebrates the facility’s special features and integrated partnerships, utilizing rich colors and textures to differentiate each of the partner spaces. A blue mosaic tile ceiling, abstractly mimicking the water basin below, creates a unique and intimate zone over the teaching pool. Acoustically absorptive plum-colored felt creates quiet “living rooms,” designed to encourage visitors to linger and interact. A full-perimeter walking loop, a heavily planted parking lot, a centralized playground, skate and bike amenities, and generous exterior public spaces serve to attract a diverse set of users.

Site sustainability was a key driver for this project. The western boundary creates a substantial open-air storm channel, doubling as a headwater for the local watershed and serving as a habitat for a variety of flora and fauna. Rainwater is harvested from across the site and is filtered through natural bioswales. Large glazed walls and skylights were predominately positioned north, providing ideal indirect natural daylight conditions for indoor activities.

Project Details

Architect: MJMA
Architect: A+ Link Architecture
Construction Cost: $45,083,884.00
Square Feet: 167,000 sf
Occupancy: November 2018

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Bio-Cushion/ Gym-Gon

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo Armor + Ramflex

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Forum Athletic Products (F3100 Electrafold)

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gared Sports/ Forum Athletic Products

Ice Rinks - Dashers: Welmar Recreational Products

Ice Rinks - Refrigeration Units: Cimco Refrigeration

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces/ Bio-Channel SB/ Gym-Con

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Lincora

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

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Acapulco Pools

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Acapulco Pools

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: American Ocean unglazed mosaic tile

Pools - Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.

Pools - Filtration Systems: Poltank by Fluidra

Pools - Gutters: Emco Gratings

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Architect Of Record

Toronto, ON

Associate Architect

A+ Link Architecture
London, ON

Design Architect

Toronto, ON

Aquatic Engineer

Acapulco Pools
Kitchener , ON

Landscape Architect

Toronto, ON

Programming Consultant

Toronto, ON