As architect of record for the WMRC, (completed in 1993), we are thrilled to have completed the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Expansion project in September 2022. The two-storey expansion includes the Civic Front addition; a new gymnasium with support spaces, the renovation of existing multi-purpose and pool change room spaces, plus the new Community Pavilion connected via a new bridge to the existing complex.
Extensive renovations within the WMRC included converting the existing 800-person banquet hall to create a central fitness core and change rooms, expanding the capacity of the family changeroom through the reorganization of all pool change rooms, renovations of existing arena concessions and some finish upgrades within the main lobby and public corridor.
The sustainability goals of the project included Savings by Design Grants, LEED Silver Shadow, and the City of Waterloo’s Green Policy. These initiatives focused on sustainable construction with the added goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by up to 50 per cent less than the base code benchmark.
Parametric analysis at the concept stage assisted with systems design. Design performance was validated by multiple energy models throughout the design and construction documents stages. A post-occupancy validation was also undertaken to verify that installation by the contractor supported energy targets. In the end, the project was successful in surpassing energy targets post occupancy, achieving a 47 per cent savings over the SB-10 (Ontario Building Code) benchmark.