Oakville’s Sixteen Mile Sports Complex achieves LEED Gold certification

The building where gold medals are normally handed out just achieved one of its own. The Town of Oakville is pleased to announce that the Canada Green Building Council has awarded Sixteen Mile Sports Complex LEED Gold certification.

“Earning the town’s first LEED certification is a great accomplishment for our community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Preserving and enhancing our environment is a key priority for this Council. Building sustainable town facilities makes economic sense as it allows us to reduce our operating costs. It also ensures we’ve reduced our impact on the environment, creating a better and greener future.”

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The Canada Green Building Council, which encourages and facilitates the development of sustainable buildings in Canada, evaluated Sixteen Mile Sports Complex according to six LEED categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor air quality, and innovation and design.

“We designed Sixteen Mile Sports Complex anticipating LEED Silver certification,” said Community Services Commissioner Domenic Lunardo. “But, through the hard work of our staff in the Recreation and Culture, Parks and Open Space, and Facilities and Construction Management departments, we were able to earn additional points, becoming Oakville’s first municipal building to achieve LEED certification as well as the first quad pad arena in Canada to earn LEED Gold.”

Sixteen Mile Sports Complex earned LEED credits for energy performance, storm water treatment and management, ozone protection, light pollution reduction, thermal control and comfort, indoor air quality and green housekeeping. Other LEED highlights included:

Optimized energy performance: achieved energy cost savings of 42%
Construction waste management: 76% of the site’s construction materials were diverted from landfill
Regional materials: 47% of construction materials were regionally manufactured and extracted
Water use: achieved a 42% reduction over baseline fixture performance requirements
Recycled materials: 36% of the construction materials used contain recycled content

“Thousands visit Sixteen Mile Sports Complex each week, taking part in everything from free skates to figure skating lessons, from sledge hockey to speed skating and games and practices for all levels of hockey from Timbit hockey to Junior A,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “The LEED-certified design ensures residents will benefit from the facilities at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex for many years to come.”

Located at 3070 Neyagawa Boulevard, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex is a fully-accessible building that features one Olympic-sized pad with seamless glass and seating for up to 1,500 spectators. It also includes three NHL-sized ice pads, 22 change rooms, three community rooms and two practice pads. Construction of the 196,000 square foot facility began in 2008. The building, which opened in September 2010, was designed by PBK Architects and built by EllisDon for a total cost of $38 million.

Through the Livable Oakville Official Plan and Sustainable Building Design Procedure, the town has many policies and programs in place to ensure municipal-owned buildings are as green as possible. These initiatives provide leadership to the community and demonstrate best practices in green building. The official plan and procedure, which came into effect in 2009, requires new town buildings over 500 square metres to be built to achieve LEED Silver Certification. Green building design and construction adheres to Council’s strategic goals of enhancing the town’s natural, cultural, social and economic environments.

Visit the Livable Oakville page for more information on the official plan.


Media contact

Nina de Vaal
Director, Recreation and Culture
905-845-6601, ext. 3112

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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