YMCA of Greater Toronto

The host site in 2013, YMCA of Greater Toronto is a leading charity focused on community support and development. The aim of YMCA of Greater Toronto is to provide every individual in the community with opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership by collaborating and mirroring the region’s diversity.

At the centre of the YMCA vision is the concept of connecting with the community. For the YMCA, the definition of community includes the natural environment. Applying environmentally responsible practices to internal operations is one way the YMCA of Greater Toronto is minimizing consumption of resources, including energy, paper and water.

As a part of its green mission, the YMCA is also committed to sourcing sustainable products and materials, such as recycled tire products to incorporate into the design site.


The 2013 Design Challenge winners David, Jessica, and Gregory, from the University of Toronto, re-imagined the front concourse of the Central YMCA in downtown Toronto.

The winning design prioritizes functionality and accessibility while bringing new colour and life to the community space. David, Jessica, and Gregory were involved in seeing their design come to life in this vibrant community.

See the winning team’s concept below, as well as what the new concourse looks like now.

YMCA Design Challenge SiteU of T YMCA Concept


YMCA Concourse

YMCA Concourse

YMCA Concourse


YMCA Concourse

YMCA Concourse


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