Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Award of Merit

Owner Infrastructure Ontario
Contractor PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Lead Designer NORR Ltd. Architects & Engineers
Aquatics Design-Build Counsilman-Hunsaker
Structural Engineer WSP Canada Inc.
Civil Engineer A.M. Candaras Associates Inc.
MEP Engineer Urban Canada

Built on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus in time for the 2015 Pan American Games, the CA$158-million ($122 million) sports complex represents Canada’s largest investment in an amateur sports facility to date. The showcase elements are two Olympic-sized pools with 10 lanes each, along with a diving tank, workout rooms, climbing wall and jogging track. There is seating for 8,000 spectators.

During the rapid, schedule-driven construction, a fully suspended scaffold system above the pool space enabled the team to work above and below, simultaneously. With sustainability, durability and efficiency in mind, the design-build team incorporated a number of functional elements into the mechanical and plumbing systems, including anticorrosive dehumidification units, high-performance glazing and closed-loop heating and cooling.

Long after the games are over, students and faculty at the university and residents of the surrounding community will be able to derive benefits from the state-of-the-art recreational facility, according to the project team.

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