St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology SportsPlex

Windsor, ON
Construction Cost: $25 million
Area / Square Feet: 85,802
Occupancy Date: April 2014

This new SportsPlex serves as the premier sports and fitness venue at St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology. The facility includes the largest gym complex in southern Ontario, with a flexible three-court layout for large college sports events and community/school tournaments.

Glass and metal were the exterior materials of choice. The transparent entrance rotunda flows into the cavernous connecting link running the length of the building, providing access to the triple gymnasium, suspended running track, team rooms, second-floor fitness center and permanent bleachers. This circulation space also serves as the hall of fame, and is expressed on the building exterior as a segmented spine-like form, with indirect daylighting introduced through a series of light scoops. These same light scoops serve to animate the building exterior on game night, with programmable colored LED up-lighting the metal panels.

As with many areas of the building, the varsity team rooms are drenched with indirect natural light, providing an uplifting space. A wall of glass and metal spans the length of the 10,000-square-foot, second-floor fitness facility, allowing for a spectacular view of the campus and woodlot beyond. Internal views and sightlines from one area to another are enhanced by glass railings and structural glass walls.