Aquatics Centre and Field House in Scarborough is the largest sport
infrastructure investment ever in Canadian amateur sport
TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Funding partners for the TORONTO 2015
Pan American/Parapan American Games officially broke ground today for
the Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House. The
Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, City of Toronto and the
University of Toronto Scarborough joined together with the TORONTO 2015
Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) to mark this
milestone for the largest sport new-build for the Games and the largest
investment ever in Canadian amateur sport history.
The university community, local residents, neighbourhood school
children, Canadian high-performance athletes and Lead Partner for the
Games, CIBC, celebrated with a formal program followed by a community
fair next to the site, featuring displays, music, information booths
Located at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus, the
state-of-the-art multipurpose athletic centre will host swimming,
diving, synchronized swimming, fencing and portions of modern
pentathlon for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. Parapan Am sports will be
announced in the coming days. During Games time, the Pan Am and Parapan
Am Aquatics Centre and Field House will be presented by CIBC whose name
will title the facility that summer. Following the summer of 2015, the
facility, owned by the University of Toronto and the City of Toronto,
will take on a permanent new life serving university students and local
"It's an exciting day for us, our partners and everyone here in
Scarborough to break ground on this amazing centre," said Ian Troop,
Chief Executive Officer, TO2015."Not only does this site represent the
largest infrastructure investment ever made in Canadian amateur sport,
it will also be a wonderful place where generations of students and
local families can gather together as a community and access top-notch
athletic facilities as a living legacy of the 'People's Games.'"
The Aquatics Centre and Field House will create 150 construction jobs
and is the first of five brand new athletic facilities being built in
the region to host the TORONTO 2015 Games. As well, a number of
existing facilities will be upgraded across the Greater Golden
Horseshoe to support the Games.
An important legacy of the Games is that all facilities being built will
be universally accessible. As such, the Aquatics Centre and Field House
represents this vision of inclusivity in every aspect of its design and
function. A range of users, including university students, members of
the community and high-performance athletes, will enjoy training and
using this recreation space, which includes:
An aquatics centre featuring two internationally sanctioned 10-lane,
50-metre pools (including bulkheads); a 5-metre deep diving tank with
3-metre, 5-metre, 7.5-metre and 10-metre platforms; dry-land diver
training facilities; and a Games-time seating capacity of approximately
6,000. This centre will double the number of Olympic-sized pools in the
Greater Toronto Area. Moreover, with its other features, it will be the
sole aquatics facility in the region that meets the latest
international competition standards and will be the first facility with
the required warm-up pool.
A field house featuring flexible gymnasium space for training and
competition with a Games-time seating capacity of approximately 2,000.
The field house will also include an indoor recreational track and
fitness area with cardio and weightlifting facilities.
"UTSC is proud to be the home of this exciting new facility, and we're
especially proud that the commitment of our students is helping to make
this possible," said Franco J. Vaccarino, Principal. "When the Games
are over, this world-class complex will create a powerful legacy of
inspiration, recreation, education and transformation for the UTSC
community and for the entire region."
The Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) will also relocate its
head office to the centre, providing world-leading sport science and
sport performance services including coaching and training facilities.
Formerly the Canadian Sports Centre Ontario, the CSIO is one of seven
sport institutes across the country dedicated to enhancing the daily
training environment of Canada's high-performance athletes and coaches.
"From biomechanics to nutrition to coaching, CSIO people and programs
will bring this facility to life," said Debbie Low, Chief Executive
Officer, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. The Pan Am and Parapan Am
Aquatics Centre and Field House will be a tremendous resource for
Ontario's high-performance athletes and coaches, and will enhance and
accelerate our work of taking these athletes along a pathway that leads
The overall project costs for this facility are anticipated to come in
at $205 million, well below the estimated budget of $249 million. Of
the $205 million, $158 million is the amount to design, build and
finance the project. The model used for this contract transfers risks
onto the developer and guarantees a fixed price and a fixed time
delivery of the project. The remainder is comprised of capital
expenditures on sports and facilities infrastructure and project
management. These costs were driven down through a rigorous tendering
process led by Infrastructure Ontario.
In July, PCL Aquatics Centre 2012 won the bid to handle the design,
building and financing of the centre. The consortia, which consists of
PCL Constructors Canada and NORR Ltd./Counsilman-Hunsaker, was awarded
the contract through a public tendering process led by Infrastructure
Ontario. This contract is part of the overall project costs.
Construction of the complex will be completed during summer 2014.
"Our Government is a proud supporter of the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan
American Games and has committed funding of up to $500 million to help
support sport infrastructure requirements, legacy initiatives, and the
cost of essential federal services associated with staging the Games,"
said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "As part of
this commitment, the Government of Canada is very pleased to announce
funding for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, which will be home to
aquatic and fencing events during the 2015 Pan and Parapan American
"The McGuinty government is proud of bringing the 2015 Pan and Parapan
Am Games to Ontario. The Aquatics Centre and Field House will be the
largest new venue for the 'People's Games' and it will be an important
community facility for residents and athletes alike," said Charles
Sousa, Ontario Minister responsible for the Pan and Parapan American
Games. "This is a great example of how the Games are creating economic
benefit today and a legacy of community and sport infrastructure for
"As Host City for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, we look forward
to welcoming athletes from across the Americas to this new state-of
the-art aquatic centre and field house," said Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford.
"This world-class facility will spur economic benefits and leave a
lasting legacy of healthy living and recreational opportunities for
Toronto residents long after the Games have ended."
"CIBC is proud to support the Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and
Field House presented by CIBC, which will not only be a world-class
training and competition venue, but will serve as a lasting legacy for
the whole community to use and enjoy," said Richard Nesbitt, Group
Head, Wholesale, International and Technology and Operations, CIBC. "As
the Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games,
CIBC's vision for TORONTO 2015 is to help inspire a generation of young
people and contribute to stronger communities. This facility will give
our youth a place where they can train, play, gather and compete."
Last spring, TO2015 announced the cluster and sport program for the
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. At that time, it also announced details of
the budget for both Games. TO2015 will issue quarterly budget updates
starting this fall.
About the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games
The Pan American and Parapan American Games are one of the world's
largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for
athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports
Organization (PASO) and 26 member nations of the Americas Paralympic
Committee (APC). The Pan American Games are comprised of all Olympic
Summer Games sports, as well as traditional Pan American sports, while
the Parapan American Games are comprised of the majority of Paralympic
Summer Games sports. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American
Games will draw more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials
and feature 51 sports in municipalities across the Greater Golden
Horseshoe area. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14. For more
information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.
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SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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