Aaniin Community Centre and Library

“Aaniin” is an Ojibwe word that means “welcome”. Markham is known as one of the most diverse cities in Canada, with 58% of its residents being immigrants. To cater to its diverse population, Salas O’Brien was a part of the design team that created a new gathering place, which houses multiple recreational facilities, including a community center and library.

Our team provided electrical, lighting, telecommunications, security, and audio-visual design services for the Aaniin Centre. The facility boasts a 25-meter, 6-lane indoor pool, complete with a whirlpool and various spray features for play. Additionally, there is a triple gymnasium, indoor walking track, and cardio, strength, and weight areas for individual fitness and community-based healthcare programs. The facility also includes teaching spaces for community education, exterior basketball courts, and an outdoor piazza for cultural events and performances. Furthermore, the center houses a 20,000-square-foot library with an indoor playground, a dedicated teen area, a digital media lab, and a creation studio.

Building of Significance
Markham Design Excellence Awards, 2021

Facility of Merit Award
Athletic Business, 2019

Best of Year Institutional
Interior Design Magazine, 2018




122,000 square feet


$55 million


Perkins + Will Architects


LEED Gold Certified Building