Facilities of Merit 2010: Innisfil Recreation Complex

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Innisfil Recreation Complex

Innisfil, Ont. 2010
Year in Showcase: 2010

Project Description

The Innisfil Recreation Complex, a joint venture between the Township of Innisfil and the YMCA, marks the next generation in civic architecture, both for its innovation in sustainability and in programmatic resolution, as well as for its response to the rural vernacular and its management model relying on multiple partnerships.

The facility serves the diverse needs of all age groups within the township’s communities, integrating a wide range of highly functional recreation and community facilities into a single complex and simultaneously creating a lively and layered public space that acts as a social hub. Each of the major program spaces — the aquatics hall, gymnasium, arenas, fitness center and multipurpose rooms — was designed as a multifunctional space, and consideration of lighting, ventilation and the provision of support spaces was paramount. A twin-pad ice arena, aquatics center, gymnasium, indoor running track, fitness facilities and outdoor playing fields are among the long list of amenities available to the community. Elements are organized into a singular form to be read as an entity within the landscape, mirroring the single-building typology of the agricultural vernacular.

Emphasis has been placed on maximizing the viewing of activities within the complex. The lobby allows for generous views into all the primary program spaces, and has been designed to accommodate casual meetings and allow for the comfortable monitoring of children participating in various programs.

Judge's Comments

From outside to inside, and from inside out, this building holds together as a complete and beautifully designed facility. Visibility of activities was a clear theme in the design that was very well executed.
— Bill McCullough

This project transforms a simple box-like form through a series of carefully orchestrated architectural moves and wonderfully refined detailing. The overall effect is at once highly modern and playful.
— Duff Balmer

On the exterior, transparent areas are artfully carved out of simple geometries and broad expanses of metal siding. The approach is efficient and dramatic, especially at night, and blends well with the site's agricultural building context.
— Craig Bouck

Project Details

Architect: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects; Toronto, Ont.
Construction Cost: $30 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 140,000
Occupancy: November 2008

Arena Seating: Seda

Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: YMCA

Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Forum

Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems

Dashers: Aimcon Recreation

Deck/Basin Surface: Myrtha Pools USA

Dehumidifiers: Drytron

Divider Curtains: Performance Solutions

Flooring: Altro

Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free-Weight Equipment: Mondo

Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA

Lighting: Cooper Lighting

Lighting: Acculite

Lockers: General Storage Systems Ltd.

Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Pool Tanks: Myrtha Pools USA

Refrigeration Units: Cimco Refrigeration

Saunas/Whirlpools: Steam Sauna Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Aimcon Recreation

Skylights: Architectural Plastics

Soccer Goals: Kwik Goal Ltd.

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Forum

Water Play Features: Water Crystal