City hires architect for South End Community Centre detailed design

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) as the successful bidder for the South End Community Centre detailed design work.

MJMA, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design firm that specializes in projects that advance personal and civic wellness, was selected from 13 submissions received as part of the City’s Request for Proposal.

“We’re excited to work with MJMA—a company that has a 30-year legacy of design excellence in aquatic, arena, sport and recreation projects,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation, adding that MJMA has designed more than 25 facilities across Canada with similar amenities proposed for the South End Community Centre.

Over the next few months, the project team, community stakeholders, and MJMA will work together to produce a rendering of the community centre.

The proposed 150,000-square-foot facility—to be built on existing City-owned lands located immediately south of Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School on Poppy Drive—will feature two ice rinks, an aquatic complex, walking track, multi-use gym, and programming space for all ages. The facility will also be designed to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard.

The detailed design work has a $3.6 million budget, approved by Guelph City Council as part of the 2017 capital budget.

“Completing the detailed design will position the South End Community Centre project for future infrastructure grants and other funding opportunities,” says Flaherty.

Once the detailed design work is complete, a full construction costing and operating plan for the facility will be developed and included in the capital program of work for consideration in the 2019 budget process.

Media contacts

Heather Flaherty
General Manager, Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension 2664
[email protected]

Mario Petricevic
General Manager, Facilities Management
519-822-1260 extension 2668
[email protected]