The Athletic Club Group

EllisDon Corporation

June 05, 2009 16:38 ET

The Athletic Club Group Today Announced EllisDon Corporation as the Successful Bidder on the Construction of Their New 65,000 Square Foot State-Of-The-Art Fitness Club in Orleans, Ottawa

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - The new facility, the 8th for The Athletic Club Group (based in London, Ontario) will be located at the new large format shopping centre development at the southwest corner of Innes Road and Belcourt Boulevard. The 465,000 square foot development is another joint venture for RioCan REIT and Trinity Development, and in addition to The Athletic Club; the centre is anchored by Lowes and Empire Theatres. This is Trinity's first development with The Athletic Club Group as a retail partner. "The Athletic Club Group is a proven Canadian success story and we're certainly excited to have them on board", said Philip Currie, Vice President Leasing for Trinity.

EllisDon Corporation was awarded the contract and will move equipment onto the site in the next couple of weeks to begin construction of the $14 million facility. The two-storey building will include two pools, family change rooms, whirlpool and steam and dry saunas, multi-purpose gymnasium, tanning salon, juice bar, indoor/outdoor lounge, private showers and change rooms, a cardio theatre centre, studios for dance, yoga and pilates, and plenty of free parking. When completed, the Orlean's location is expected to hire 100 full and part-time employees.

"The economy in Ottawa is much more favourable than other parts of Ontario," said company president Alan Quesnel when asked what brought The Athletic Club Group to Ottawa. The Orleans location is one of several facilities the Athletic Club Group plan to construct across the city of Ottawa.

"EllisDon is pleased to be involved in the construction of this spectacular facility and our partnership with The Athletic Club Group" says Mark Fazio, EllisDon V.P. and Area Manager.

Adds Michael Smith, V.P. of Business Development for EllisDon, "Anybody who has been inside one of their clubs knows why they are considered Best in Class for fitness facilities. EllisDon is thrilled to be involved with the planning and construction of their next level of expansion, in the Ottawa market, for our fellow London-based friends at The Athletic Club Group."

Construction plans are well under-way for the second facility in the Ottawa Train Yards to start in August 2009. The Orlean's location will open in 2010.

About The Athletic Club Group

The Athletic Club Group operates a chain of high quality fitness clubs in Ontario, providing our members with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, combined with first class service, quality personal trainers, educational programs, and the best variety in group fitness programming. Our clubs also feature women / family / children friendly services and amenities. As of June 4, 2009, The Athletic Club Group operated 7 centres in Ontario (Amherstburg, Kingsville, London(2), Guelph, Thunder Bay and Brantford). For more information, please visit www.theathleticclubs.ca.

About EllisDon

EllisDon is a leading employee-owned global company delivering construction expertise, services and specialized support to clients throughout the world. Completing in excess of $2 billion in new construction annually, EllisDon has distinguished itself through its people and its innovative practices and has a presence in Canada and the United States, as well as offices in the West Indies and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, please visit www.ellisdon.com.

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