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Cornell Community Centre

Markham, ON
Construction Cost: $58.5 million (Canadian)
Area / Square Feet: 123,000
Occupancy Date: March 2013

A holistic approach to wellness
Through inclusive aquatic programming, the aquatic center at Cornell Community Centre and Library is designed to support and advocate a more holistic approach to health and wellness. Connected to Markham-Stouffville Hospital, the facility is the heart of a newly integrated healthcare campus. This holistic view of wellness shaped the enduring architecture of the center.

Simple, straightforward design
The bright, fresh interior of the aquatics center is a natural complement to the colored bands of warm yellow light. Simple enduring facades of white tile, architectural block and acoustic paneling enclose the room and are accented by colored-tile walls, spray features and a vibrant yellow slide. A panelized prefabricated construction approach helped ensure that both construction deadlines and user expectations were met.

A fun forum for everyone
This space has become an important community “forum” that helps people improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. No longer simply a place to swim, this aquatic facility is integral to the everyday life of the entire community. The indoor splash pad is believed to be the first of its kind in North America. Other unique features include lounge chair bubblers in the therapy tank and an innovative use of a padded-pool membrane technology to create an on-deck spray area.


  • Therapy pool
  • Eight-lane pool
  • Indoor splash pad
  • Water slide
  • Leisure pool
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