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Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, 2015
Toronto, Canada,
  • Pool Type Indoor 50-Meter
  • Project Type Competition Venues, Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2015
  • ArchitectNorr LTD

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Photos courtesy of Ken Jones – University of Toronto Scarborough

The Pan American Games are one of the world’s largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for athletes of the 42 member nations of the Pan American Sport Organization. Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of TO2015, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto, selected the Aquatic Consortium of Toronto 2015, comprised of PCL Constructors Canada Inc., NORR Ltd., Counsilman – Hunsaker and TD Securities to design, build and finance the high-performance complex which houses the 2015 Pan American Games Aquatics Centre and Field House and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.  Housed on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, the aquatics center contains internationally sanctioned swimming and diving pools and is capable of hosting swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming.  The facility is also capable of hosting 6,000 spectators.

1,300 Square Meter (13,993 sq. ft.) Competition Pool

  • 3 meters deep
  • Ten competitive lanes
  • Two movable bulkheads
  • Myrtha stainless steel pool wall system

547.5 Square Meter (5,892 sq. ft.) Dive Pool

  • Diving tower with 1-, 3-, 5-, 7½-, and 10-meter diving
  • 5 meters deep
  • Three 3-meter springboards
  • One 1-meter springboard

1,300 Square Meter (13,993 sq. ft.) Warm-Up Pool

  • Ten competitive lap lanes
  • 2.5 meters deep
  • Two movable bulkheads
  • Myrtha stainless steel pool wall system
  • Two moveable floors

After the Games, the facility will serve the local community as a recreation center, as well as a hub for competitive sporting events and activities. The seating will be reduced to 2,300 permanent seats and 900 retractable seats on the pool deck. It will be jointly owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto.

The Aquatics Centre and Field House received Gold level accreditation from the Canadian Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for its efforts in sustainable design. The pools posed challenges due their high utility consumption rates. Optimized energy performance was targeted through a number of measures like the harnessing of geothermal energy from the field under the north parking lot; using building envelope materials that combat high humidity and contribute to overall building envelope and energy performance; and using unique air handling units that prevent condensation and reduce the energy demand required to heat the pools.

 Design Awards and Publications:

2015 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

2015- ‘Dream Designs’ Aquatics International magazine