We are excited to share the Wilfrid Laurier YMCA received top honors in the education category of the Western New York Interior Design awards gala in early May. The awards program seeks to recognize premier interiors work from the region’s design teams.
The Wilfrid Laurier YMCA serves both City of Brantford residents and Wilfrid Laurier University students, while revitalizing the city’s downtown. The design focuses on three themes – memory, movement, and landscape – as it draws upon the rhythms and patterns of buildings that previously filled the location while creating new possibilities. The center is equipped with an an aquatics centre with two pools for lane swimming; childcare area; youth zone for recreational, social and leadership development programs; a double gym design for sports and competition with retractable stadium seating for 860 people; comprehensive cardio and weight training space; group fitness studios; student lounge; and health intake consultation rooms for specialized community-based healthcare programs.
The project received a prestigious Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award from Architect magazine in 2012 when it was in design. At that point, the jury said of the project: “It brings a historical neighborhood into the 21st century.”