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Oakville welcomes new community centre

DCN-JOC News Services
Oakville welcomes new community centre
TOM ARBAN PHOTOGRAPHY — The new Oakville Trafalgar Community was designed by Diamond Schmitt. Architect’s notes explain, “The palette of high contrast blues and white extend from the facade with a playful design of blue panel, each colour with a different reveal proportion, to the interior of the design…Natural light through bird-friendly windows and an asymmetrically ascending wood ceiling bring the outdoors into the aquatics area.”

OAKVILLE, ONT. — The new Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre (OTCC) has opened to the public.

The 53,000-square-foot facility features a 25-metre lap pool, warm water pool with water play feature, universal change rooms, double gymnasium, fitness centre, walking track, multipurpose meeting rooms and a cafe.

The 25-metre pool is the first complete Natare pool system in Canada with steel walls and a sand filter system, stated an Oct. 22 release. The facility, designed by Diamond Schmitt, is set in a new neighbourhood park on Reynolds Street. The park has an accessible playground, pavilion, splash pad and landscaped gardens.

The project was delivered using an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model and the proponents are targeting LEED Silver. Energy-efficiency features include rooftop solar panels and a geo-thermal field for heating and cooling.

The facility was designed to Oakville Universal Design Standards, with full accessibility, space for mobility devices, ramps into the pools and high contrast colours on material finishes for ease of navigation.

“The Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre is an excellent example of a successful partnership between the owner and design/build team that the IPD agreement type delivers. It has resulted in an outstanding, high-quality facility providing good value for the taxpayer,” commented David Dow, principal in charge with Diamond Schmitt, in a statement.

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