Facilities of Merit 2006: Angus Glen Community Centre & Library

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Angus Glen Community Centre & Library

Markham, ON 2006
Year in Showcase: 2006

Project Description

“I love this project.” What better compliment than this, from one panelist who praised the Angus Glen Community Centre & Library’s exterior palette of zinc cladding, Wiarton limestone, clay brick and Douglas fir heavy timber and glulam.

These natural materials give the facility’s facade an earthy quality, almost as if it were part of the 30-acre site’s undulating landscape. Plus, the use of such materials inside the Angus Glen center — as in the circulation spine’s masonry and glulam-timber roof structure, a signature architectural expression — furnishes the interior with a “warm, intimate feel.”

This openness is enhanced by the generous use of glazing and natural light, which animates the main program spaces and offers expansive views inside and out. Meanwhile, a second judge noted the facility’s “nice functional separation of spaces,” aided by a series of well-placed ramps and grand stairs. Nevertheless, patrons are drawn back to the Angus Glen center’s many reception areas, including the cozy fireplace lounge.

Judge's Comments

The interior circulation spine is a dynamic and welcoming space that allows users to become immediately aware of the diverse activities taking place.
— Darryl Condon

Exceptional detailing in every square inch.
— Chris Kastelic

The composition of the library and recreation center is both interesting and trendsetting.
— Anita Moran

Project Details

Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners; Toronto, Ont.
Associated Firm: Stafford Haensli Architects; Mississauga, Ont.
Funded by: Municipal funds and provincial grant
Major facility components:

Twin-sheet ice arena, gymnasium, pool, changing rooms, multipurpose rooms, senior and youth areas, district library, ancillary retail and concessions spaces.

Construction Cost: $31.2 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 170,400
Occupancy: September 2004

Aerobics Flooring: Horner Flooring Company

Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Sheridan Gymnasium Equipment Ltd.

Basketball Surfaces: Horner Flooring Company

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment

Fitness Center Flooring: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Ice Rinks Dashers: Raita Sport, Div. of The Welmar Group

Ice Rinks Refrigeration Units: Cimco Refrigeration

Lockers: General Storage Systems Ltd.

Multipurpose Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Pool Chemical Control Systems: Siemens

Pool Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Pool Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics

Pool Water Play Features: Rain Drop Products LLC

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spieth Anderson U.S.A. Inc.