University of Toronto, Recreation, Wellness, and Athletics Centre
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Square Footage: 73,000
2007: Mississauga Urban Design Award: Award of Excellence
2008, Athletic Business Award: Facility of Merit
2008, Ontario Association of Architects: Award of Excellence
2011, American School and University Education Interiors Showcase Outstanding Design Award
This centre provides a new identity and direction for athletics on campus. Representing the current trend in collegiate athletic centres, it has become a destination for students, graduates, faculty, staff, and community members. The centre raises awareness of the programs, encourages participation, and integrates wellness into daily life.
The centre is full of state-of-the-art recreation spaces—a double gymnasium with folding spectator seating, a fitness centre a three-lane running track, sports medicine facility, and aquatic centre—all under one roof.
An important goal of the design was to foster an increased awareness of the University’s Athletics Department. Nothing says, “Join in!” better than the dramatic grand stairway that acts as a catalyst for the ongoing activities and events throughout the centre.