Zone Expansion Project

September 8

So much has happened over the summer, while we’ve been closed!  We’re on the home stretch.  Painting is happening, flooring comes soon, railings on the upper level are being installed!

July 9

We are excited to share some photos of the Zone Expansion!

June 3

The main floor concrete slab was poured this week.  We have a floor!

May 27

Work continues on the Zone Fitness Centre expansion, including the installation of the “bridge” from the upper floor of the current Zone to the pouring of the concrete on the main level, which is scheduled for next week.

May 4

Construction has resumed on the Zone expansion project, as the government directives regarding construction were updated beginning May 4.

April 3

Construction has been halted on the Zone expansion project, due to government directives related to Covid-19, for the health and safety of all.

Feb. 24 – hallway closures on upper level of Walker Sports Complex

The hallway on the upper level of the Walker Sports Complex (in front of the Welcome Desk), including the stairwell, will be closed until the expansion of the Zone is complete.  Similar to the detours last fall, we will have signage directing you to enter through the lower level by the Ian D. Beddis gymnasium if you are entering from the south side of the Walker Sports Complex.  If you come from Scotiabank Hall, you’ll follow the detours which take you either to the elevator near the Welcome Desk, or out the north stairwell and back into the building near the rowing centre.  The Welcome Desk, studios, offices, etc. can be accessed through the hallways.

Feb. 18 through 21 (during Brock’s Reading Week)

Tiling upgrades will take place overnight in some areas of the shower rooms in the women’s and men’s locker rooms.  From Wednesday through Friday, some areas of the shower rooms will not be available, to allow for drying of the tiles.  There will always be showers available.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19th, between 7 and 9 am, there will be no hot water in the men’s shower area as work is done to repair pipes.  Showers will be available in Team Room 2 (access through locker room), or in the Family Locker Room (must shower with bathing suit on)c) Tuesday through Friday, the Ian D. Beddis Gym, track and the Zone fitness centre may feel cooler than usual, as the Mechanical Room where the controls for fans and heat is re-constructed to accommodate the expanded Zone.  We have access to a heater for the Zone should the temperature drop to an uncomfortable level

Jan. 9 – Roofing, finishing the Walker Complex walls, supports

Over the next few weeks, construction continues outside to complete the roof of the Zone.  Inside the Walker Sports Complex, there will be some limited disruption as tile work, drywall, and cement block work completes the structural work that has been on-going through the fall.  As well, work to re-build the women’s washroom area continues.

Dec. 3 – Work continuing in women’s locker room

Use of the women’s locker room will be limited as of 1:15pm while workers are present to carry out framing and drywall work. The work is not expected to take longer that 1.5-2 hours. During this time:

  • Locker room access will remain open to members in order to store and retrieve belongings
  • Showers will be remain available, with a privacy barrier in place between shower area and locker area
  • Members will be unable to change in the main area of the locker room and will be required to change in the shower area, or the family changeroom

Nov. 28 –

Women’s Locker room will close at 8:30 for a couple of hours.  Items may be retrieved from lockers during closure.

Nov. 21 –

Women’s Changeroom will close at 7 am for a few hours.

Team Room 2, Family Change room are available, and women’s shower room can be accessed from the pool deck.

Nov. 19, 2019 – Womens’ Changeroom has re-opened

The changeroom has re-opened, and we anticipate that hallways and the stairwell will be open by 4:30.  Please be aware that there may be sporadic closures later this week.  Thank you for your patience.

Nov. 19, 2019 – Closed area in WSC expands to include Women’s Changeroom

As erection of structural steel continues, yesterday’s closures remain in effect (See Nov. 18th update below). In addition, the following new closure exists today:

  • The Women’s changeroom is closed as of approximately 6:30am today. There will be absolutely no access to this area until work ends around midday. Alternative options will include the Family Changeroom (showers available, bathing suits must be worn) and Team Room #2 (small shower area available)

Nov. 18, 2019 – erection of steel continues, closures inside Walker Sports Complex

Erection of structural steel is continuing this week. As a result the following closures will be in effect in the Walker Sports Complex:

  • Lower level hallway between The Zone and the main entrance to the changerooms is closed.
  • Main level hallway from The Zone until just beyond the Walker Complex Welcome Desk is closed.
  • The women’s washroom on the lower level attached to the changeroom will be closed
  • Main stairwell is closed
  • The Women’s changeroom is to be closed from approximately 7 am – noon on Tuesday, November 19th. Alternative options will include the Family Changeroom (showers available, bathing suits must be worn) and Team Room #2 (small shower area available)

Please allow extra time when navigating through and around the Walker Sports Complex during this time. Follow posted detour signs for access through the Walker Sports Complex

 

Oct. 29 – stairwell closure

The main stairwell has been closed, for work on the roof.  Please follow the signage for alternative routes.

Oct. 22 – 25 stairwell closure

The main stairwell is again closed this week, for work on the skylight area.  Wind and rain last week delayed work.

Oct. 15 – update – stairwell closure

The main stairwell in the Walker Complex will be closed for Tuesday through Thursday this week, for overhead work.  The Women’s locker room will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 16 until approximately 4 pm as well.  Please be aware that workers will be moving equipment through the lower hallways.  Note:  no construction will take place on Friday, Oct. 18, which is Convocation at Brock.

Oct. 3, 2019 – update – re: hallway closure

The hallway leading from the main stairwell in the Walker Sports Complex to The Hungry Badger/Academic South will remain closed for the coming days (including through the weekend) as construction on the canopy above continues. It is expected that the hallway will reopen mid-week, during the week of Oct. 6th-12th. Please be aware of detour signs providing directions around the closures.  The elevator by the Zone is available to move between floors, and the main stairwell in the Walker sports complex is open.

Oct. 1 update – re: Women’s washroom on lower level of Walker Sports Complex

There will be continued disruptions with this washroom being closed while construction is occurring.  Washrooms located at the end of the women’s shower area, in the Family Locker Room, and by the Beddis gym are available on the lower level.  Upstairs, washrooms are available behind the Welcome Desk.

Sept. 30, 2019 – update

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, the hallway between the main stairwell in the Walker Sports Complex leading towards the Zone Fitness Centre, will be closed for several days to remove the inner roof materials.  This closure will be full days and is expected to last several days.

Note: this means that there is no direct access to Academic South or the Hungry Badger from the upper level of the Walker Sports Complex.

As well, the main women’s washroom, and women’s locker room have construction occurring many late evenings and overnight.

Sept. 15, 2019 – update

The Zone Fitness Centre will re-open Sept. 16 at 6:30 am. We anticipate opening the upper floor in another day, once construction equipment is removed.  Some cardio equipment remains in the Beddis gym hallway for use.

The main stairwell, including the hallway leading to the atrium outside the Zone fitness centre will be closed daily beginning Sept. 16 for work above the stairwell.  Please follow signage to access areas of the Walker Sports Complex.

Sept. 8, 2019 – update

We wish to advise that the closure of the Zone Fitness Centre is being extended. The extended closure is a result of unexpected deficiencies that require immediate attention. Barring any further unforeseen circumstance we expect to re-open the Zone Fitness Centre on Monday, September 16 at 6:30 a.m.

Some equipment from the Zone has been re-located to the stage area of the Beddis gymnasium for use by students and members.

September 2, 2019 Update:

The Zone Fitness centre will remain closed the week of Sept. 3 – 8 as construction finishes on the trusses inside the Zone.  We anticipate re-opening during the week of Sept. 9.

The main stairwell in the Walker Sports Complex is open.  You will notice scaffolding near the steps, but the steps are available.

August 2019 Update:

WALKER SPORTS COMPLEX Detours SET to begin august 21st

As part of the Zone Expansion, please be advised that the stairwell in Walker Complex, Level 100 to Level 200 (welcome desk to the cage) will be temporarily closed due to construction during the daytime.   The stairwell will reopen in the evenings (approximately 4pm) when work ceases each day.

 Please follow the detour signs for access to Level 100, Departments of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and the Walker Complex Studios.  

Some noise and dust is to be expected.

Click here for a map of the detours.

For access to Walker Sports Complex LOWER LEVEL

Please note routes are subject to change

Cage Equipment Room

Rowing Centre

Gymnasia

Brock Sports Performance

Changerooms

Squash courts and Fitness Studio

Ian Beddis Entrance (branded Welcome to Summer Camp)

Enter the Walker Sports Complex through the lower level Ian Beddis doorway marked Welcome to Summer Camps. Note that this route is accessible with a ramp at the doorway.

Art and Val Fleming Commons Entrance

Enter Art and Fleming Commons and follow arrows up the ramp to the elevator (located adjacent to The Zone), or down the ramp toward the Ian Beddis Gymnasium then through the lower-level hallways

Tennis Court doors (across from Alumni Field) or Lot Q back door Entrance

The lower level of the Walker Sports Complex can also be accessed through the west-facing entrances (tennis court doors along Alumni Field) and back door (Lot Q) entrance.

East campus entrance into Walker Sports Complex lower level

Access through Scotiabank Hall entrance follow arrows through the FAHS/Recreation/Brock Sports hallways to the northwest stairwell. Follow stairs down to exit near Lot Q. Walk outside and enter lower level of Walker Sports Complex through back door.

For access to Walker Sports Complex UPPER LEVEL

Please note routes are subject to change

Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk

Pool Viewing Gallery

Brock Sports/Brock Recreation/Faculty of Applied Health Science Offices

Ian Beddis Entrance (branded Welcome to Summer Camp)

Enter the Walker Sports Complex through the lower level Ian Beddis doorway marked Welcome to Summer Camps. Note this route is accessible with a ramp at the doorway. Continue through the lower level past the changerooms, and exit via the north exit doors at Parking Lot Q. Re-enter the building via the doors immediately to your right. Proceed upstairs to level 200 and follow arrows through the FAHS/ Recreation/Brock Sports hallways leading to the upper level of the Walker Sports Complex

Art and Val Fleming Commons Entrance

Option #1:

Enter Art and Val Fleming Commons and follow arrows up the ramp to the elevator (located adjacent to The Zone) or down the ramp toward the Ian Beddis Gymnasium, then through the lower level hallways . Continue through the lower level past the changerooms, and exit via the north exit doors at Parking Lot Q. Re-enter the building via the doors immediately to your right. Proceed upstairs to level 200 and follow arrows through the FAHS/Recreation/Brock Sports hallways leading to the upper level of the Walker Sports Complex

Option #2: (may be unavailable at times)

Enter Art and Val Fleming Commons and follow arrows up the ramp, then turn right. Continue to the end of the hallway, turning left, then continue straight.  Exit the building and take the temporary outdoor walkway. Re-enter at Scotiabank Hall and turn left, continue towards Walker Complex upper level

Option#3 (may be unavailable at times):

Enter Art and Val Fleming Commons and follow arrows up the ramp, then turn right. Continue to the end of the hallway. Turn left and then right toward General Brock Store. Exit the building across from General Brock, then turn right and re-enter into Thistle Complex, through the doors on the left-hand side of the walkway. Once inside, turn left, and continue through Scotiabank Hall to the Walker Sports Complex.

Welch Hall

Option #1 (may be unavailable at times):

Access either through the entrance doors adjacent to Thistle Tim Horton’s, or the temporary doors at Scotiabank Hall.  Turn left and continue through Scotiabank Hall to the Walker Sports Complex upper level

Option #2

Exit Welch Hall toward University Road. Follow the sidewalk west to the main entrance to the Walker Sports Complex  (Art and Val Fleming Commons). Enter via the Art and Val Fleming Commons entrance or Ian Beddis Gymnasium entrance, and follow the appropriate detour route outlined above

 Lot Q Lower Level Entrance

Proceed upstairs to level 200 and follow arrows through the FAHS/Recreation/Brock Sports hallways leading to the upper level of Walker Sports Complex

East campus entrance into Walker Sports Complex lower level

Enter Scotiabank Hall near Thistle Tim Horton’s and proceed to the upper level of the Walker Sports Complex

July 2019 Update:

phase 1 begins

Construction is scheduled to start on August 6, 2019, with a completion date of August 2020. The Zone will be tripling in size!

With construction, there will be some disruptions to the Walker Sports Complex, including the Zone:

• The Zone fitness centre will be closed from August 6-30, 2019, for preliminary work on trusses. Members will have access to the rowing centre fitness space. Additional equipment will be available in the stretching area on the west side of the track and in the spin studio.
• All classes will continue to run as scheduled.
• Preparation for the new roof over the main stairwell in the Walker Complex will also commence in August.
• Access to the Walker Complex will be via the Ian D. Beddis gymnasium hallway or the elevator by the Zone to access the lower level. We will have signage to help you navigate the construction.

We apologize in advance for any short-term inconvenience that this may cause you as we build an even better Brock experience.

April 2019 Update:

Zone Expansion Groundbreaking:

On April 24, 2019 the Brock University community gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Zone Expansion Project. The existing Zone, opened in 2001 when Brock’s enrolment was significantly lower than it is today, is the smallest of any Ontario university. Unlike when it opened and students had to purchase memberships to use the space, all Brock students now have access to the fitness centre through the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) Student Life fee.

Last year, students voted in favour of funding the project, which will see the Zone triple in size from 4,300 square feet to 15,500 square feet.

The project involves the expansion of the current fitness centre within the Welch Courtyard.  Brock University, its consultant and construction management firm will begin construction in the summer of this year.  Completion is scheduled for late Summer 2020, barring any unforeseen circumstance.

Although the building construction is considered straight forward, access to the courtyard is restricted and will be a challenge during construction.  A temporary construction access through the passageway between Welch Hall and Scotiabank Hall will be utilized to facilitate the movement of materials, labour and equipment during construction.