Aquatic sports facility gets green light in Toronto, Canada

4 July 2012 (Last Updated July 4th, 2012 18:30)

PCL Aquatics Centre 2012 has signed a contract to design and build a $158.8m aquatics sports facility in Toronto, Canada.

PCL Aquatics Centre 2012 has signed a contract to design and build a $158.8m aquatics sports facility in Toronto, Canada.

The PCL Aquatics Centre 2012 team consists of developer PCL Constructors Canada and designer NORR, which was shortlisted from three companies in June 2011 to lead the project.

The 300,000ft² facility will house an aquatics centre and field house, as well as the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), and will host the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

The facility will host the swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, fencing and part of the pentathlon events.

Upon completion of the games, the facility will provide training and recreation space for students at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, as well as athletes, sports teams and local residents.

NORR senior principal of architectural design and lead designer of the project David Clusiau told The Globe and Mail that the complex will encompass three masses connected by a main corridor, each with contrasting sloping roofs.

"The building was designed with Southern Ontario’s landscape in mind," Clusiau said.

The aquatics centre will feature two 10-lane, 50m pools, a 5m deep diving tank with 5m, 7.5m and 10m platforms, a dry-land diver training facility and seating capacity for 6,000 spectators.

The field house will feature gymnasium space for training and competition with a seating capacity of 2,000, as well as an indoor recreational track and fitness area, including cardio and weightlifting facilities.

The centre will be co-owned by the university and the city and will be built on land already co-owned by the two.

The cost of the entire project will be shared between the University of Toronto, the City of Toronto and the Federal Government.

Construction of the facility will commence in July 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2014.