YMCA Facility Design Symposium 2017

A Chance to Celebrate. A Chance to Learn. A Chance to Connect.

August 29th – 30th, 2017
Kingbridge Centre, King, Ontario

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is committed to celebrating, learning and growing our knowledge of mission-driven healthy facility design, and ensuring our spaces remain accessible, sustainable, and relevant by responding to the needs of our members and diverse communities.

Through a series of workshops and speaker presentations over two full days, we will learn from leaders in design and be exposed to new ideas from related disciplines, professions and facilities.

Participants will leave with increased knowledge of mission-driven facility design, be able to develop ideas for future YMCA program sites, be inspired for YMCAs to be leaders in healthy mission-driven facility design, and to make new connections.

We look forward to seeing you there!

About Kingbridge Centre

Nestled in 114 acres of rolling hills and forested terrain just 45 minutes north of downtown Toronto, Kingbridge Centre offers guests a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, plus spacious accommodation and gourmet dining during their stay.


Schedules & Speakers

8:30am – 9:10am

Welcome, Purpose and Connecting
Jane Pyper, Debbie Sevenpifer

9:15am – 10:30am

Plenary #1: Body, Mind, and Feelings: How Architecture Can Move Us
Colin Ellard – University of Waterloo

10:30am – 10:45am

Break

10:45am – 12:00pm

Plenary #2: YMCA Design Principles + What We Have Learned
Alex Versluis – YMCA of Greater Toronto
Laura Zizzo – Zizzo Strategy

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch and Recreation

1:30pm – 2:45pm

Workshops:

YMCA Development & Design in the U.S.: How, What, & Where We Build
Rod Grozier, Brian Rigby – Gro Development

Now Trending...Design Tomorrow's YMCA
Lorraine Sixto – YMCA of Greater Toronto

A Day in the Life
Andrea Wolf

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm

Workshops:

YMCA Development & Design in the U.S.: How, What, & Where We Build
Rod Grozier, Brian Rigby – Gro Development

The Art of Work Joy
Mette Johansen – Mette Designs

Designing for Capacity and Constraint: The YMCA of Greater Vancouver Experience
Stephen Butz & Roy Funk – YMCA of Greater Vancouver

4:15pm – 6:00pm

Break

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Dinner and Relaxing

7:00am – 8:30am

Breakfast

8:30am – 9:10am

Plenary #3: Fireplace Chat on YMCA Mission Driven Design
George Rodger, YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Meaghan Mendonca, Metrolinx

9:15am – 10:30am

Plenary #4
Douglas Cardinal

10:30am – 10:45am

Break

10:45am – 12:00pm

Plenary #5: Trends in Public Space Design
Brian Rudy – Moriyama + Teshima Architects

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm

Workshops:

Building Community Resiliency to Climate Change
Laura Zizzo

YMCAs within Multi-Use Urban Developments
Andrew Filarski – MJMA

Session topic TBA
Dean Goodman – LGA

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Closing Reflections:
Medhat Mahdy – YMCA of Greater Toronto

Workshops

YMCA Development & Design in the U.S.: How, What & Where We Build

Serving 2,700+ centers nationwide of various ages provides a wealth of member experience and utilization data. Blended with forward-leaning aspirations and environmental trends, this helps shape YMCA design and development for the future. We'll look within and outside the movement, for stimulants to inform our session covering multiple aspects of the Y's built environments: where to build, the venues and their design details, the design process, building materials and spirit and team delivering on it all.

Rod Grozier, Brian Rigby – Gro Development: Through its service delivery, Gro advances the facility portfolios of the United States YMCAs to the most compelling, sustainable, and highly performing centers for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Now Trending...Design Tomorrow's YMCA

Things in our world are changing fast – which trends are going to be disruptive to the YMCA and which trends will present new opportunities? In break-out groups, participants will look at current trends and expected shifts in the future to explore the potential impact on our physical locations, people, and programs. In this hands-on workshop, you will understand, debate, and exchange ideas to build a YMCA that addresses technological, demographic, business, and social trends.

Lorraine Sixto – General Manager, People and Organizational Development, YMCA of Greater Toronto: Lorraine joined the YMCA of GTA in 2016, and together with her team focuses on learning and development, building leadership capability, diversity and social inclusion, and optimizing employee engagement.

A Day in the Life

In this interactive workshop, we will define what a typical day looks like across program areas from arrival to departure. Jumping ahead ten years and using the same format as above, how do we see our world changing with the adoption of new technology, new design, change in demographics, growth or decline of one age category or another?

Andrea Wolf –Corporate Real Estate Specialist: Andrea has over 20 years’ experience in Real Estate Strategy and frequently speaks on topics relating to corporate alignment, employee performance, workplace behaviours, client relationship management and the drivers for change in the corporate real estate marketplace.

YMCA Development & Design in the U.S.: How, What & Where We Build

Serving 2,700+ centers nationwide of various ages provides a wealth of member experience and utilization data. Blended with forward-leaning aspirations and environmental trends, this helps shape YMCA design and development for the future. We'll look within and outside the movement, for stimulants to inform our session covering multiple aspects of the Y's built environments: where to build, the venues and their design details, the design process, building materials and spirit and team delivering on it all.

Rod Grozier, Brian Rigby – Gro Development: Through its service delivery, Gro advances the facility portfolios of the United States YMCAs to the most compelling, sustainable, and highly performing centers for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

The Art of Work Joy

Mette will share Danish secrets in working with design of physical space based on “Arbejdsglaede” (loosely translated from Danish as ‘Work Joy’) and “Hygge” (‘Comfort’). She’ll explore the emotional and physical effects we feel in the spaces we occupy. Touching on layout, balance, colour, materials and lighting, Mette will provide insight on creating physical, emotional and mental well-being in physical space.

Mette Johansen – CEO and Creative Director, Mette Designs Inc.: Mette has spent more than a decade in Toronto teaching North Americans about Danish design. She is frequently featured in the media, including The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, and CBC Radio.

Designing for Capacity and Constraint: The YMCA of Greater Vancouver Experience

What do you get when you combine a huge need for social infrastructure, through the roof market response, municipal partners new to a YMCA relationship, complex multi-use development solutions and per square foot construction costs north of $820? Now build four of them over a five year period, and while you're at it, raise $160 million.

Stephen Butz & Roy Funk – YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

President and CEO Steve Butz and Vice President Property Development Roy Funk will share their strategy for achieving the largest development program in Vancouver's 130 year history while still maintaining their sanity. The group therapy will be fun.

Building Community Resiliency to Climate Change

The YMCA plays a key role in community health and stability. Resiliency against future climate change is therefore critical to minimize the impacts of future climate shocks and extreme weather on our communities. This session will describe the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s climate resiliency strategy along with our work to date and future plans to create climate resilient communities.

Laura Zizzo – Founder and CEO, Zizzo Strategy: Laura is a lawyer and strategic advisor with over a decade of experience leading organizations towards a low-carbon and climate-adapted future through the application of law and policy.

YMCAs within Multi-Use Urban Developments

This workshop will look at the current shift from 'stand-alone' YMCA Health & Fitness Centres to facilities integrated within larger multi-use developments in an urban context. Andrew will review four current YMCA projects within the GTA to demonstrate how site constraints, changing demographics, program trends, and exciting development opportunities are shaping the new urban Centres of Community.

Andrew Filarski – Partner, MJMA Architecture: With a focus on user satisfaction and quality control, Andrew leads many of MJMA's major projects while also overseeing the studio’s drawing documentation and building specifications efforts. Andrew also leads the office's YMCA portfolio.

Session topic TBA

Session description to come.

Dean Goodman – LGA Architectural Partners: Dean co-founded LGA Architectural Partners in 1989 and has been LGA’s Partner-in-Charge on award-winning projects including the Native Child and Family Centre for Well Being, residence for St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society, and Eva’s Phoenix, a transitional youth residence and skills training centre.

Thank You

The YMCA of Greater Toronto would like to thank the following members of our Facility Design Symposium Planning Committee:

  • Anne Bailey, Library Management and Building Design Specialist
  • Lesley Davidson, SVP, Operations, Health and Fitness, YMCA-GTA
  • Rod Grozier, President and CEO, Gro Development
  • Craig Lametti, Partner, Urban Strategies
  • Meaghan Mendonca, Youth Advisory Committee Chair, YMCA-GTA
  • Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO, YMCA-GTA
  • Heather Northgrave, Senior Manager, YMCA-GTA
  • Jane Pyper, Chief Operations and Service Officer, YMCA-GTA
  • Brian Rigby, Director of Design, Gro Development
  • John Schmitt, VP, Camps and Outdoor Education, YMCA-GTA
  • Debbie Sevenpifer, Chief Financial Officer, YMCA-GTA
  • Lorraine Sixto, General Manager, People and Organizational Development, YMCA-GTA
  • Alex Versluis, SVP, Property Management, YMCA-GTA
  • Andrea Wolf, Corporate Real Estate Strategist