Guelph, ON

W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre Expansion


University of Guelph


$45 Million


144,200 sf.



Delivery Model



Multi-Use Recreation Facilities

Post Secondary Education


MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

The renovation and expansion of the existing W.F. Mitchell Sportsplex originally built in 1958 added 144,000 sf. of new space including a gymnasium, fitness center, multipurpose rooms, and student lounge areas, as well as hard and soft landscaping around the building. The new facility features a FIBA Basketball court which will serve as home territory for one lucky team in the inaugural season of the Canadian basketball League. In addition to a professional FIVB Volleyball court, the newly expanded Athletics center offers three basketball cross courts, surround stadium seating capable of hosting up to 2,200 spectators, a perimeter running track, state of the art AV systems which allows for live broadcasting and video replay and a 50 ft. climbing wall.

The site of the new expansion features a finished Ardex (Pandomo) poured concrete floor, and an exterior consisting of precast concrete cladding, aluminum siding, and silicone joint glazing. Inside houses a newly constructed electrical sub-station which continually served the existing (active) Sportsplex and surrounding buildings during the entire construction schedule. The entire project was sequenced/phased so that the new electrical sub-station was constructed prior to demolishing the existing station to ensure the surrounding active facilities could remain in operation. This process required close coordination with the University in order to coordinate multiple shutdowns of the surrounding buildings on an on-going basis.

Access to the site presented many challenges for construction team as a result of high traffic areas, public streets, and tight site constraints. A thorough health and safety plan was implemented to ensure the safety of the staff, students and public as construction took place in the center of a busy campus.

The project has achieved LEED® Silver Certification.

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