151 Ferris Lane
Suite 400
Barrie, ON L4M 6C1
(705) 737-3530
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East Bayfield Community Centre
Barrie, Ontario

This new 152,300 square foot recreation facility was a much-needed addition to the existing City of Barrie facilities. Included in the design of this facility are twin pad arenas, a double gymnasium, a fitness centre, a 25-metre swimming pool complete with a separate teaching pool, a 200 person capacity hospitality/multi-purpose room and activity rooms, which are available for community groups for various functions.  Although not a LEED certified building, this recreation complex utilized the “Ice Cube” system where reject heat from the refrigeration process is captured and then distributed throughout the building.  Further, reclaimed heat is used for in-floor radiant heating at arena viewing areas and in changerooms (which greatly improves the drying of wet floors) as well as being used for pre-heating domestic cold water for showers to reduce overall energy consumption. Outside the building, reclaimed heating is also used for in-slab radiant heat at entrances for ice/snow melting. This type of system is now standard practice for arena design in Ontario. The East Bayfield Community Centre received the 2009 Best in Class award for Multi-use Recreation Complex by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (part of Local Authorities Services) for being the Most Energy Efficient Community Centre in Ontario.  When completed, the chairman of the City Development Committee made the following press statement: “East Bayfield Centre is a fantastic facility, built at an incredible price. We’re amazed at the value. We’re the envy of many municipalities.”  Overall, the finally completed facility is considered a resounding success.  We attribute much of the success to the design process, which in our opinion, the result of a positive client/architect working relationship.