Audley Recreation Centre
In­­ 2008, Ajax Town Council approved the Recreation, Parks and Culture Master Plan. The plan identified the need for a multi-use community centre and outdoor park at the current Sportsplex site, located on the southeast corner of Taunton Road and Audley Road. Public Consultations were held in May and October, 2009 to discuss what should the facility include, what design features are important to the community, what park amenities should be planned for, and what did the Town's Recreation, Parks and Culture Master Plan identify as community priorities.

Preliminary site plans and concept designs

  • Audley Recreation Centre, Presentation to GGC - July 8, 2010



Construction of the new Operations Centre
The new 55,000-square-foot Operations and Environmental Services Centre, located next to the Fire Station Headquarters at the south-west corner of Salem Road and Rossland Road, has incorporated an environmental first philosophy approach to planning and development.

Through the establishment of these policies, the Town is to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard for the new Operations Centre.

'GREEN' initiatives being incorporated into the design of the building:

Green Roof System

  • Improves the energy performance of buildings, reduces storm water run-off, and contributes to a healthier environment.
  • Will help reduce heat island effect, contribute towards the purification of water and air, and reduce energy consumption.

Geothermal Heating

  • Will provide the buildings' primary source of heating and cooling.
  • During winter, the fluid would collect heat from the earth and carry it through the system and into the building. During the summer, the system reverses itself to cool the building by pulling heat from the building - carrying it through the system and placing it in the ground.

Integrated Solar Design

  • Integrated solar design within the proposed building is comprised of two systems:
  1. Solar Thermal System
    The Solar Thermal System will collect solar energy through a solar panel system and convert this energy to heat water to provide enough hot water to meet the demands of the typical work day.
  2. Photovoltaic System
    The Photovoltaic System features a series of panels, like the solar thermal system, and carries the collected energy to an inverter where it is converted to alternating current as useable electricity and sold to the grid.
  • Building Elevations

  • Salem Road North Elevation

  • Rear Elevation, looking northeast

  • Partial South Elevation, looking southwest

Check out the video of the Opening of the Ajax Operations and Environmental Services Centre Official Opening!

Related stories:

  • Ajax/Pickering News Advertiser - December 16, 2010: New Ajax operations centre a leader in green design 
    • May 13, 2008: Council approves Solar Design for new LEED Operations Building
    • Nov 22, 2007: Ajax Council directs architects to design LEED Certified Building

For more information, contact:

Catherine Bridgeman Project Manager
Operations & Environmental Services
Phone: 905-619-2529, ext. 4226

Fire Headquarters
This 28,000-square-foot facility is the first fire station of its kind in Durham Region.  The intent of the design is to maximize water and energy efficiency and improve indoor air quality through initiatives such as the 'green roof,' underfloor ventilation, connection of underground cisterns to collect storm water run-off and the introduction of a ground source heat pump.

The green roof consists of native and draught resistant plants.  This roof provides increased energy efficiency, improved noise absorption and extends the lifespan of the roof by two to three times.  Three underground cisterns collect 40,000 litres of storm water run-off and is used to irrigate the green roof.

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Green Municipal Buildings of Ajax 

The total energy consumption of commercial and institutional buildings in Canada accounts for the production of 11% of our national greenhouse gas emissions (Office of Energy Efficiency, 2013)

As a leader in sustainability, The Town of Ajax has implemented a number of strategies to help reduce the environmental impact caused by municipal buildings.

Since 2008, the Town mandated a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for new buildings. LEED certification is done through the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) and in order to achieve accreditation a building must meet strict environmental criteria in the following categories:

  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation in Design
  • Materials & Resources
  • Regional Priorities
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency

 In Ajax the following municipal buildings have been designed to meet the following LEED criteria:

  • Audley Recreation Centre, 1955 Audley Rd. N- LEED Silver
  • Carruthers Marsh Pavilion, 55 Ashbury Blvd.- LEED Silver
  • Fire Headquarters, 900 Salem Rd N - LEED Gold
  • Operations Centre, 800 Salem Rd N-LEED
  • Greenwood Discovery Pavilion, 2290 Greenwood Rd.- not LEED but has many “green features incorporated within its design”

To learn more about the Green features click here to download the Green Municipal Buildings of Ajax Brochure.