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Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre


Designed by Maclennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
Rendering by Maclennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

Located south of the new Tim Hortons Stadium, the new Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre (BMRC) will be one of the final pieces of the Hamilton Pan Am Precinct vision and will serve the local community and recreational needs of the surrounding residential neighbourhoods. The building program features active program spaces~~ dance studios, walking track, gymnasium, and leisure pool as well as open public community rooms for the local residents and seniors. The Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre will also connect the existing Jimmy Thompson Pool building through a two-storey public lobby space spanning the south side of the BMRC building.

S + A Services Included:


The natatorium will have a dehumidification ventilation system that recovers heat back to the pool (make-up heat provided from the building's central heating boiler). The pool change rooms will have high exhaust rates and 100% make-up air so the air handling unit will be supplied with a heat pipe energy recovery loop. The other units serving the large gymnasium and fitness areas shall be variable air volume (VAV) and will include low level return air for increased circulation and odor control. Plumbing fixtures are all low flow for potable water conservation and showers include mechanical spring timers to shut off the water supply when not in use. Both kitchens shall incorporate National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) exhaust hoods with a dedicated make-up air unit.


A new electrical service is brought in from Horizon Utilities and will also serve the existing Jimmy Thompson pool as well. The life safety emergency power is supplied through an inverter system located in the main electrical room. The fire alarm system is an addressable single stage system which has a communication link to the existing Jimmy Thompson Pool fire alarm system as the two buildings share a two-storey link.


The security design services includes the complete design of state-of-the-art turnkey security systems which consist of IP (Internet Protocol) based video surveillance, electronic card access control, intrusion detection and duress alarm systems throughout the facility. The utilization of a fully IP based security system design allows for implementation and integration of all security systems on a high speed redundant fiber optic backbone for connectivity. This results in highly reliable systems; critical to the safety and security of the staff and visitors at the facility.


To minimize energy usage, all the lighting in the building are energy efficient LEDs and have programmable dimmable low voltage relay lighting controls. The exterior luminaires are dark sky compliant and full-cut off. In the public areas, the luminaires are integrated with the architectural wood, tech-style tiles and drywall ceilings.


Hamilton, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 54,895 sq ft

Completion Year