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Orillia Multi-use Recreation Centre


Designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects
Renderings by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

The new Orillia Recreation Centre intends to create a facility that will help provide additional amenities for the neighbourhood. To be constructed on currently undeveloped land, the two-storey project will include an aquatic centre with a 25-m, 8-lane pool and lap pool, leisure pool, and therapy pool~~ a gymnasium with two FIBA sized basketball courts, including configurations to allow the courts to be used for badminton and volleyball~~ a fitness studio~~ a walking/running track that encompasses the facility~~ multi-purpose rooms~~ a pre-school room, and office space.

S + A Services Included:


The natatorium is served by a constant volume dehumidification unit, capable of 100% outdoor air (OA), for free cooling. Heat generated by the compressors shall be exchanged with the pool water, to heat the pool or supply air to maintain space conditions. Variable air volume (VAV) air handlers for the gym and fitness areas, along with the 100% OA change room unit, will be complete with heat recovery sections to reclaim/reject waste heat from exhaust air streams. A central boiler plant, consisting of four ultra-high efficiency condensing boilers, serves the air handling units in addition to perimeter radiation. The plumbing system will use water saving fixtures such as low-flow water closets, urinals and lavatories to minimize water consumption. The building will have a fully automated sprinkler system.


The facility is electrically serviced by an outdoor, customer owned high-voltage substation, where the voltage is stepped down to 600V to service the major mechanical loads in the building. The interior and exterior lighting throughout the facility uses energy efficient LED luminaires, including the high ceiling areas such as the gymnasium and pool areas. To further increase the energy efficiency of the building, occupancy sensors are used to control the lights when occupants are detected within the space, and daylight sensors are used to dim the LED lights whenever natural sunlight provides sufficient lighting during the day.


The telecommunications infrastructure design supports the back of house, wireless, access control, CCTV, audio visual, and building automation system (BAS) controls for all program areas. Category 6 horizontal cabling infrastructure is utilized for network connectivity. Multi-mode fiber optic and multi-pair copper backbone cabling is included in the design to support the network and to link all of the telecommunications rooms.


The security system consists of an electronic card access control system, electronic intrusion detection, and an Internet Protocol (IP) video surveillance system. The electronic card access control system facilitates 24/7 controlled and auditable access to the facility, as well as to secured rooms via proximity card readers and electrified locks. Perimeter doors, glazing, and the facilities interior are protected by an intrusion detection system from afterhours intrusion via door position switches, motion sensors and glass break detectors. The intrusion detection system can be armed and disarmed via user alarm keypads and is monitored after hours by a third party. High resolution IP video surveillance (closed circuit television) cameras are strategically located to monitor activity at the exterior and interior of the facility. Video streams from each CCTV camera are recorded on the network video recorder.


The audiovisual systems cover a wide range of functions. A facility-wide paging system allows for mass communication to visitors and is also leveraged to support background music playback. A centralized AV system design efficiently uses core components for multiple system types. The fitness area AV system is designed to support the playback of high fidelity music during classes. The gymnasium audio system allows for even audio coverage and support for wireless microphones within the space. In the aquatic hall, audio systems are very flexible - the designed systems allow for instruction of aqua fit classes using permanently installed speakers, as well as underwater audio playback using a portable system. Additional multi-purpose, teaching and boardrooms are outfitted with audio and visual presentation systems to accommodate a variety of meetings and events. Digital signage systems are designed to support the town's custom content, allowing for messages to be delivered with impact and efficiency.


Orillia, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 106,000 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 50,000,000

Completion Year



2016 Brownie Awards - Rebuild - Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale