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Whether sports, theatre, literature, or gaming, we have been involved in the structural design, review, and renovation of a multitude of recreational establishments, a few of which are listed below:

Bradford West Gwillimbury Library and Cultural Centre - Photo Courtesy of Bogdan Newman Caranci Inc.

Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre

This state-of-the-art entertainment venue was a P3 project located in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Quinn Dressel Associates designed the new structure above an existing three-storey parking facility, with a transfer slab to support a steel-framed column-free theatre involving spans of up to 130ft for the roof trusses. The Entertainment Centre holds 5,000 seats, including 150 AODA seats.

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Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre during Construction

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Princess of Wales Theatre

Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres, Toronto – Structural Modifications for Various Productions

The theatre holds a special place for us at Quinn Dressel Associates. We have provided engineering consultation and design services at the Princess of Wales Theatre for a number of productions, such as The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Oliver, and Lord of the Rings. Similarly, we have designed and reviewed the stages for various shows at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, including for Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing, Miss Saigon, and Kinky Boots. For the Royal Alexandra Theatre, we have also provided structural assistance on a myriad of other upgrades such as their exterior fire escape system, backstage safety provisions, and access ladders, have modified support for the speakers and the lighting systems, and designed supports for mechanical units.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Library and Cultural Centre

The Bradford West Gwillimburry Library and Cultural Centre is a two-storey, 40,000ft2 building, located on Holland Street West; part of the BWG Civic Centre project. Designed by Quinn Dressel Associates, its features include a 2,200ft2 basement area for storage and a 2-storey atrium which provides natural light and serves as a return-air plenum for the building's mechanical system. The ground floor hosts children and young adult collections, media collections, a 180-seat community room, café, and reading alcoves. It's second floor provides space for adult collections, a computer lab, study space, heritage centre, and additional reading alcoves.

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Bradford West Gwillimbury Library and Cultural Centre - Photo Courtesy of Bogdan Newman Caranci Inc.
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Sherbourne Pavilion - Photo Courtesy of Shai Gil of Studio Shai Gil

Sherbourne Common Park and Pavilion, Toronto

Sherbourne Park is a $28.7M project that transformed a former industrial area into public green space on the lake; Quinn Dressel Associates was responsible for the structural aspects of this transformation. The 2-acre park features greenspace, a skating rink that is used as a splash pad in the summer, a water channel, and sculptures. The zinc-clad pavilion is designed as a year-round facility to help keep the park active at all times. It includes washrooms, changing rooms, food and drink concessions, and houses the rink chiller equipment, fuel storage for the zamboni, and UV filtration equipment.

Markham Pan Am Centre

This roughly 147,500ft2 facility designed by Quinn Dressel Associates was the venue for the Water Polo and Badminton events during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Its features include a 164ft Olympic Pool, permanent spectator seating for 2000, and a 223ft clear span in the pool hall using hybrid glulam wood trusses. Innovations such as a depth-adjustable pool floor and large operable partitions provide maximum versatility for facility programming, from broadcast-ready competitive athletic events to toddler learn-to-swim lessons. Also provided in this facility are community-use meeting rooms, multipurpose studios, and a 5400ft2 Fitness Centre.

Great Blue Heron Charity Casino Redevelopment, Port Perry - Design Only

Quinn Dressel Associates completed the structural design for a redevelopment of the existing casino building. Although this design was not ultimately implemented, it would have comprised a 165,000ft2 permanent complex offering a diverse range of table games, electronic gaming devices, and food service outlets. Carefully-planned circulation paths and seating areas were accomodated to create a comfortable gaming space for GBHCC patrons.