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River Grove Community Centre
Mississauga, Ontario

The River Grove Community Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, occupies a prime site in East Credit: buffered between a densely forested riverside park to the west and baseball fields to the east, and surrounded by medium-density single-family residences on all sides. Given its exceptional location, it’s no surprise that demand for the City-operated Centre has been growing unbated, even as the original facility—built in 1996—neared the end of its functional life. MJMA’s renovation of and expansion to the Centre addresses not only its operational and end-of-life issues, but also updates its interiors to meet new building code and accessibility requirements and inserts new amenities that better serve its growing membership—all while meeting the City’s established principles for sustainability and energy efficiency, safety, and accessibility.

Renovations were concentrated on the Centre’s existing gymnasium and change rooms, as well as the youth, seniors and community rooms. One of the major shortcomings of the pre-renovation Centre was the inadequacy of its change rooms, which were shared by gym and swimming pool users with no transition between wet and dry change areas. Following MJMA’s redesign, change rooms are greatly expanded to properly accommodate the divergent needs of both long-time swimming pool users and the growing number of additional users drawn to the Centre’s newly expanded dry amenities. These amenities include 68,000 square feet of space for a fitness centre, strength and conditioning studios, aerobics and yoga class studios, community multipurpose rooms, and administrative and support spaces.

The renovation and expansion project also gave MJMA the opportunity to introduce upgraded sustainability measures—making it a facility that targets LEED principles—from a building automation system for better monitoring and efficiency of mechanical systems to the installation of low-voltage lighting fixtures. Following a period of consultation and design weighted with input with the Centre’s staff and public users, the initiative’s construction phase was completed and the Centre reopened on schedule—successfully resolving its operational issues, updating it to meet new standards, and providing improved and expanded facilities to its growing base of local users.