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Minto Recreation Complex


Designed by Perkins+Will Canada
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography

Formerly known as Barrhaven South Recreation Complex, the new Minto Recreation Complex provides a facility for the community of South Barrhaven. The complex comprises of 2 NHL sized rinks, multiple change rooms, a six-lane, 25-metre lap pool, leisure pool, lazy river, full sized gymnasium, artificial turf fields designed to FIFA and CFL design standards, indoor walking track, multi-use rooms, as well as a café. It also offers swim lessons, group fitness, programs for all-ages, summer camp, and more. This energy efficient complex is targeting LEED Silver Certification.

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Throughout the mechanical design, energy and water efficiency were high priorities. System efficiency played into all equipment selections while ensuring project budgets were respected. Low flow plumbing fixtures were used throughout the project. A storm water collection system was installed to further reduce the use of domestic water for flushing of urinals and water closets. Natatorium air systems were designed to allow compressor waste heat to form part of the pool water heating system. The rink ice plant was designed to divert compressor heat to various heating systems throughout the building during the winter. Domestic hot water systems were designed with high efficiency condensing boilers. Heating boilers are all high efficiency condensing units.


Incoming hydro service is shared with the fire station located on the same property. Power distribution is through the main switchboard and distributed to satellite electrical rooms. The motor control centre, (MCC) located on the lower level, controls the pool equipment with an emergency shut-off on the pool deck. Lighting is controlled via occupancy sensors located throughout the facility and the exterior site lighting is controlled via photocell and occupancy sensor for after-hours. Lighting for the sports field is controlled over a web based system with photocell override. A digital metering system is installed to monitor the power consumption of the systems.


Ottawa, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 160,000 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 54,000,000

Completion Year



LEED Silver