The recently completed Middlesex Centre Wellness and Recreation Complex is located in Komoka, Ontario and consists of an arena, library, and fitness centre. Other programs included on site consist of a splashpad and future playground area. This project is seen as an opportunity to create a new heart and identity for the community of Komoka. Accommodating a wide variety of community interests from local hockey teams, figure skating clubs, badminton groups and varying social clubs, this centre serves as a recreational and social hub for the surrounding area.
The No. 11 Fire Station builds on the success of the No. 7 Fire Station to create a standard satellite station design for the City of London and London Fire Department. The No. 11 Fire Station replaces an existing facility at the end of its life-cycle which was not optimally located for response times within the growing community. The new station includes individual dormitories to accommodate up to 4 fire-fighters, one captain’s office, a common great room with training, kitchen and dining areas, a fitness room, and a two-bay drive-through apparatus bay. The building has been designed to accommodate dormitories for a second crew in the future as the population in the area increases. The program areas are organized into two wings on either side of the apparatus bay, minimizing the distance required to travel in response to an alarm and therefore improving internal response times out of the station. The apparatus bay has full-height glass walls and doors facing the street which allow the public to view the fire trucks when passing by. The sustainable design features include an adaptable floor plan designed for future growth, increased building envelope performance, LED lighting with daylight sensors, low VOC materials, drought tolerant landscaping and a bioswale to treat storm water run-off from the parking lot.
The South London Community Centre and Jalna Branch Library located at 1119 Jalna Blvd is a major social and recreational hub for the growing White Oaks Community. In 2005, the community centre went through its first major interior renovation project to create a more efficiently organized and functional facility. In 2013, a new addition was proposed to respond to the demand of the growing community, and provide permanent administrative and office space for Ontario Works at this location. The new addition is located directly west of the existing facility, facing White Oaks Park and surrounded by a recreational hub that connects the existing playgrounds, new interactive water feature, landscaped sitting areas and main entrance to the new addition. The addition is accessed through an interior courtyard, which exists as a one and a half storey high, sloped roof structure that emerges from the building and is visible from all angles around the park. With glazing on all four facades, the interior courtyard serves as a transparent mass that connects the old and the new, links the addition to the existing structure and provides visitors with an internal extension of the exterior public realm.
Williamsburg Town Centre is a new community located on the west side of Kitchener Ontario, at the intersection of Fischer-Hallman and Westmount Roads. Designed according to the principles of The New Urbanism, the community provides amenities in the Town Commons and retail space along Main Street in the centre of the neighbourhood within walking distance of the residences. The character of the buildings emulates the vernacular architecture of small town Ontario.