Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of TO2015, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto, recently announced that the PCL Aquatics Centre has signed a contract to design, build and finance a high-performance complex that will house the Aquatics Centre and Field House and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) as one of the most significant new developments of the 2015 Pan American Games.
As a member of the Aquatic Consortium of Toronto (ACT 15), NORR, an international, Toronto-based firm of architects, engineers and planners, in conjunction with aquatics engineering specialists Counsilman-Hunsaker, has designed a centre of excellence that will serve long serve the community and the University as well as provide an extraordinary high-performance facility for the Pan/ParaPan Am Games of 2015.
'Not only are we excited about providing the Games athletes and spectators a remarkable performance experience,' said Silvio Baldassarra, President, NORR Limited, 'we are proud to be creating a legacy facility for our community, students and athletes for years to come'.
The facility will be a local and regional centre for athletes of all calibers, from community residents to elite, high performance athletes competing in local, national, and international events. It will be a training ground for future athletes to begin their athletic careers in sport, as well as a world class sporting centre capable of hosting varsity, regional, national, and international events.
The facility will also embody the spirit of the nation’s commitment to inclusively, multiculturalism, diversity, as well as investment and advancement of sport and physical activity. The facility will be a community destination, an economically viable and sustainable facility, and a place to encourage the participation of its community in sporting activities. NORR and the other members of the ACT 15 consortium have met and exceeded the specific project criteria their vision.
The complex will have flexible changing room layouts, movable pool bulkheads, roll-down security screens and movable room dividers to offer the appropriate space and safely of the project, as well as having a key focus on achieving a physically accessible and welcoming facility for the public. The public circulation will be organised and comfortable, allowing direct and easy access to sporting events, as well as providing adequate capacity for the Games, as well as future national and international events.
Sustainability is a key focus in the design of the facilities, especially in energy efficiency. It will achieve the specified LEED Silver level as well as meeting the Toronto Green Standard requirements, and will provide natural day lighting within the two-storey CSIO and Administration offices.