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Innisfil Recreation Complex & YMCA of Simcoe-Muskoka
Innisfil, Ontario

Client : Town of Innisfil and YMCA of Simcoe-Muskoka
Area : 140,400 sf
Program : Aquatic Centre, Twin-Pad Arena (1,000 Seats in Arena A), Running Track, Gymnasium, Fitness Centre, Multi-Purpose Rooms, Child Minding, Outdoor Fields and Courts
Completion : October 2008
Innisfil is a Township of 32,000 people that consists of a series of hamlets scattered over an area of 110 square miles, one hour north of Toronto, Ontario. The Innisfil Recreation Complex (IRC) is centrally located within this vast area to allow for equal access from each of these many communities. It is the single dense social and programmatic space within the Township and operates as a ‘destination’ facility offering a broad range of athletic and recreational programs to the sprawling community.
 
Contained on a master planned 85-acre site, the IRC is a joint venture between the Township and the YMCA, providing programs of: aquatic centre, twin-pad arena with spectator seating, running track, gymnasium, fitness facilities, and outdoor recreation park program, including 4 soccer fields, 4 baseball diamonds, running trails and a nature walk. Emphasis has been placed on maximizing the ‘seeing’ of activities within the complex. The lobby allows for generous viewing into all the primary program spaces: the rinks, aquatic hall and gymnasium, and has been designed to act as a meeting space, cafĂ©, and allow for the comfortable monitoring of children participating in the various programs.
 
Located on Simcoe County Road #4, a highway that addresses a rural landscape; typically the singular forms of barns and agricultural buildings, set back from the road by farm fields and pastures. The IRC participates in this relationship by placing the clean lawns of soccer fields adjacent to the road, providing a foreground for the strong simple form of the building in the landscape, mirroring the object-like quality and single-building typology of the agricultural vernacular. Hues of yellow, red, green, orange – iconic colours of both sport and harvest – add exterior graphic punch and animate each program space.
 
The IRC is the first aquatic complex in Canada to achieve LEED certification. The mix of program type provides opportunities for the reuse of waste heat generated by the refrigeration and dehumidification systems, captured and shared with other parts of the building.
 
The YMCA exceeded its 1000 member target by 500% in its first year of operation. The IRC has become the most important civic space within the Town for events, tournaments, trade shows and performances.