Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) has broken ground on a $78.52m Markham Pan Am and Parapan Am Centre in Ontario, Canada.
The centre will host water polo, badminton and table tennis during the Pan Am Games in July 2015, and table tennis competitions during the Parapan Am Games to be held the following month.
The 14,816m² centre will feature a glass-fronted triple gymnasium with 3,345m² for training, competition and community use, as well as a ten-lane, 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool.
The pool will feature a 12.5m movable floor, bulkheads and its depth can be changed to meet the accessibility needs of the centre’s clients.
Bulkheads of the pool are similar to the planned Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus for the 2015 Pan American Games.
Both the Markham and Scarborough facilities will double the existing number of pools in the region with the addition of three new Olympic-sized pools.
The 12.5m-high ceilings of the centre’s field house will meet international badminton, volleyball and height requirements from other sports.
The centre will also have space for several all-purpose rooms, meeting areas and a two-level fitness centre at the 2.4ha property at 16 Main St. Unionville.
In September 2102, Bondfield Construction had secured a contract to construct the Markham project, as well as two other venues situated in Etobicoke at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto.
Of the total cost, $59.3m will be invested to build and finance the project and the remaining will be used for equipment, transaction fees, project management and other ancillary purposes.
The Ontario Minister responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games Charles Sousa said: "This state-of-the-art facility will help anchor the redevelopment of Markham’s downtown core and provide an economic boost through job creation."
Construction of the Markham Pan Am and Parapan Am Centre is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.