Project led by David Watson and Sean Smith while employed at a previous firm
Perkins + Will Architects
2,045 m2 (22,000 ft2) addition; 5,015 m2 (54,000 ft2) renovation
Structural Engineering Consultant
2011, Bronze Citation, American School and University
The Trent Community Sport and Recreation Centre at Trent University is a modern, multi-sport centre of excellence, offering a full spectrum of indoor and outdoor fitness and recreation activities. The centre serves the wellness needs of Trent students as well as residents of the Peterborough region.
Trent updated the aging centre to accommodate increasing student enrolment, transforming it into a state-of-the art facility. An indoor climbing wall and North America’s most advanced indoor rowing and paddling tank are just two components of the 22,000 ft2 addition, which expanded the centre by more than 50%.
Challenge: One significant integrated design challenge involved the upgrades required to a wall of the pool, which had to satisfy current masonry design standards while allowing for multiple new openings.
Solution: The team reinforced the exterior pool wall along its full height and length using internal reinforcement strategically installed in the masonry cells through slots cut from the outside. Structural steel reinforcement around the new openings brought transparency to the pool and created outside views of the Otonabee River. Building envelope issues were repaired and corrected.