Designed by Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners (now Perkins + Will)
Photo by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
The Oak Ridges Community Centre offers various leisure and recreational activities to residents. The particular location allows visitors to enjoy sweeping views of Lake Wilcox. The centre includes a state-of-the-art fitness studio and aerobics centre, a college-sized gymnasium, an ecological centre, classroom-sized meeting rooms, and a six-lane, 25 meter swimming pool with a water slide, senior and youth program room, and an administration area.
The Oak Ridges Community Centre is a landmark facility within an integrated site and a leading edge example of environmental sustainability. The building design provides support to, and complements, the ecologically sensitive park design. The building's design and operations have achieved LEED Silver Certification.
The HVAC system is based on rooftop air handling units for heating, cooling and ventilation. Units with high outside air requirements include a heat wheel for energy recovery. A central boiler plant consisting of condensing boilers serves the rooftop units in addition to perimeter radiation. Rainwater is captured in a cistern and re-used for flushing toilets and urinals. All plumbing fixtures are designed as low-flow to reduce potable water consumption.