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Toldo Lancer Centre wins international facility design award

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The American-based National Intramural and Recreation Sport Association (NIRSA) has named the University of Windsor’s Toldo Lancer Centre as one of its Outstanding Facility Award winners for 2023.

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The Windsor facility was honoured along with Texas A&M, the University of Minnesota, San Diego State, Old Dominion, Florida Gulf Coast and the University of Massachusetts for the expansions of their athletic/recreational complexes.

“The overall impact of this project alone provides it as a strong contender for the award,” said the NIRSA committee that chose the University of Windsor as the only Canadian winner of the 2023 award.

“In addition to the overall design of a facility, it should greatly impact the student experience. The Toldo Lancer Centre exceeds expectations within both categories.”

The NIRSA outstanding facility award recognizes excellence in architectural design, functionality and how well the facility meets its intended purpose. It also examines how the facility enhances the student experience.

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NIRSA represents some of the largest universities and colleges in the United States. Canada has regional representation on the association.

“The Toldo Lancer Centre would not be a reality if it weren’t for the generous $55-million contribution by our students,” said University of Windsor president Robert Gordon.

“This is the largest-ever contribution by students to any Canadian university, so the accolades this building is receiving is as much a testament to their dedication as it is to ours as an institution.”

The Toldo Lancer Centre opened last July. The $73-million building involved an overhaul of existing facilities and added 119,000 square feet of new space.

In addition to being home to the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse, the Toldo Lancer Centre includes a 25-metre pool that is fully accessible, a suspended track overlooking a new triple gymnasium, a new fitness centre that spans two floors, and multipurpose rooms that include a spin studio and a martial arts studio.