Facilities of Merit 2015: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough

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Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough

Toronto, ON 2015
Year in Showcase: 2015

Project Description

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is a temporary facility for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games, as well as a post-Games local community center, an athletic facility for the University of Toronto Scarborough, and a national training center. Its distinctive silhouette will act as a landmark for both the Games and surrounding community. The massing landscape design and graphic surface patterns both inside and out are inspired by the dynamic sports it houses and the geological transformation of the landscape of the southern Ontario region, as well as the transformation of the facility from Games to legacy facility.

TPASC contains internationally sanctioned swimming and diving pools, an indoor track, a fitness area, a 38,000-square-foot multipurpose field house and a high-performance training center for elite athletes.

The building is half-sunken into the ground to reduce its visual scale, placing the playing fields one story below the public entry level. This will facilitate the separation of athletes and audience members during the Games and create an overview for visitors from internal public circulation and surrounding exterior sidewalks. Glazed areas provide abundant natural light and views, but are positioned to mitigate playing-surface glare. The bird-friendly transparent glass features a frit pattern that celebrates the sports that the facility supports

Judge's Comments

"This project is a wonderfully detailed and designed creation. The quality of design thought is carried through from the wonderful massing of forms, through the exquisite interiors and down to the smallest of details."   — Mark Williams

"This massive facility is thoughtfully planned and interesting on many scales. It is efficient and provides the many programs and complexities that come with housing the international games, and it will responsibly transform into an attractive community asset."   — Chris Sgarzi

"The building uses strong colors to successfully define sculptural masses both on the interior and exterior."   — Anita Moran

Project Details

Architect: NORR Architects Engineers Planners
Aquatic Design Consultant: Counsilman-Hunsaker
Construction Cost: $205 million (CAN)
Square Feet: 311,000 sq.ft.
Occupancy: September 2014

Building Systems - Skylights: Westbury

Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Eldorado Climbing Walls

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Advantage Fitness

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Connor Sports

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Irwin Telescopic Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Forum

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gared Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Gymnastics Equipment: Westbury

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Gared Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Laundry - Dryers: IPSO

Laundry - Washers: IPSO

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Columbia Lockers

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Soccer Goals: Rage Cage

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces: Aquam/Rehab Systems LLC

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Tennis Nets/Posts: Irwin Seating Co.

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Recreation Supply Co. Inc.

Pools - Bulkheads: Deck Tile - Moscone/Olympia; Pool Basin - IPC/Myrtha

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Duraflex International Corp.

Pools - Covers: Nemato Corp.

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Myrtha Pools USA

Pools - Diving Boards: Myrtha Pools USA

Pools - Filtration Systems: Myrtha Pools USA

Pools - Heaters: IPC

Pools - Lane Markers: Rectec

Pools - Lighting: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Pools - Starting Blocks: Medical Mart/Clinton Industries Inc.

Pools - Water Play Features: GeoEnergy

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Res Precast

Architect Of Record

NORR Architects Engineers Planners
Toronto, ON