“The gym is the biggest enclosed space in the community and is used for events, performances and can even be a disaster relief centre as it has the ability to run on a generator.”
A large gym accommodates students and the community
The gymnasium was one of the new school’s strongest selling points. It is massive – accommodating a total of 950 people, which is almost twice the student population. Naturally, its primary use is for sports and is equipped with bleachers. However, it is also the biggest enclosed space in the community and is used for events, performances and can even be a disaster relief centre as it has the ability to run on a generator.
When the dividing wall is in place, 500 people can be seated in half of the gymnasium while the other half is used for another activity. A more intimate 250-seat space can be formed using another dividing wall, much to the pleasure of the local theatre group that uses the space and was involved in the planning process.
“One of the big community users of the school is the Frontenac Little Theatre. They use the gymnasium for their performances and the music and drama rooms directly adjacent to the stage as their green rooms.” – David Fowler, Manager of facilities services for the Limestone DSB
One big benefit to locating the gym on the second floor is the school’s substantial mechanical systems could be housed below. While a second-floor gym might cause problems for emergency exiting in some cases, this space was designed to butt up against a hill, so that people can exit at grade.