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David Braley Athletics & Recreation Centre


The David Braley Athletic Centre was conceived as a state of the art fitness facility that is linked to the existing Ivor Wynne Centre and outdoor facilities on the campus of McMaster University in West Hamilton. The University’s mandate for this facility was to achieve LEED certification while providing the student and staff population with a safe and secure environment that met the needs of its culturally diverse community.

This 12,077 m2 facility provides expanded athletics and recreation facilities for the University’s students, varsity teams and staff. The recreation centre includes a new 1,950 m2 Fitness Centre, Sports Hall (multi-purpose double-gymnasium), 550 locker women’s change room, 550 locker men’s change room, 200m indoor running track, multi-purpose rooms, and a sports medicine clinic. The third floor track is the only 200M indoor competition level track in the City of Hamilton allowing McMaster athletes to train year round in a controlled environment.

Sustainable design was an important project objective that was a challenge, given the typical energy and water use demands of this building type. Features include waterless urinals, roof-drain water re-use for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation as well as HVAC and lighting design which, while meeting ventilation and illumination requirements, resulted in energy use predicted to be 29.2% under the MNECB. The project was designed and constructed incorporating sustainable strategies and obtained LEED Certification.

Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Completion: 2007
Client: McMaster University
Cost: $25,920,000
Architect: Garwood-Jones & Hanham in association with Graham Edmunds Cartier
Partner-In-Charge: Ross Hanham

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