McMaster University – David Braley Health Sciences Centre
“One of the building design’s most important concepts is to provide occupants a connection between indoor and outdoor spaces through the introduction of daylight and views into all areas of the building. This is achieved through interior spaces that are primarily open…”
From the basic premise that an active lifestyle promotes healthy living, interior spaces are dynamically organized with views to promote movement; natural light is everywhere; vistas allow campus visitors to see people exercising and socializing, and members are given views of nature and the campus through a fully glazed façade.
This project was honoured as a 2016 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award recipient. The awards, open internationally, recognize the innovative design of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate recreational facilities by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). This marks the first time since 1988 (over 30 years!) that a Canadian building has won the award.
As the keystone of the university’s Fort Garry Campus, the 100,000 square foot, LEED Silver targeted facility boasts features and attractions such as a 12-metre climbing wall and an elevated 200-metre running track
“The Active Living Centre is indeed a pride point for our faculty, university, and community. We believe it serves as a catalyst of health and well-being for our students, faculty, staff, and community as a whole.”
Per ArchDaily – quote by Dr. Douglas Brown, Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba
We were proud to contribute to this open modern design via our support of glass.
Stella SS20 Spiders (1 & 2 arm) are featured in the Elevator Enclosure; ST503F-C Adjustable Stand-offs are used around the climbing wall to create clear sightlines.
Additional stand-offs are used on the staircase to facilitate “interior spaces that are primarily open”.
Photo copyright – Jerry Grajewski
Cibinel Architects Ltd + Batteriid Architects