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Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre already changing the landscape

With a little more than a year to go before opening, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is taking shape on UTSC's campus.

With a little over a year to go before completion, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is making visible progress. The foundations have been laid, the outlines of the final building are clearly visible, and 80 percent of the site services are finished.

The sports centre will be opened to UTSC and to the community in the Fall of 2014 and to the Pan Am Para Pan Am Games in the summer of 2015.

The new landmark at the corner of Morningside Avenue and Military Trail represents the largest investment in amateur sport infrastructure in Canada. With a unique roofline visible from Highway 401, the $205-million Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is approximately 312,000 square feet – a span that could enclose more than five football fields.

Among the work already done:
•    The storm water retention system has been installed.
•    Geothermal wells have been completed and tested.
•    Pan Am Drive and the south parking lot have been paved.
•    Precast bleacher steel has been installed.
•    The last truss has been set over the dive pool area.

In 2010, University of Toronto Scarborough students passed a levy that will see their tuition pay $30 million over about 25 years for the facility. With two Olympic-sized pools, a dive tank, a four-court gymnasium, an indoor running track and a rock climbing wall, the complex will offer a vast array of recreational and personal fitness programming designed to be inclusive and geared to diverse populations with a range of abilities. The building itself will meet the highest standards for accessibility. Local residents – along with UTSC students, staff, faculty and alumni – will reap all the benefits of having a cutting-edge athletics facility just down the street.

Targeting a LEED Silver certification under the LEED NC (New Construction) 2009 rating system, the building features:
•    A green roof covering 30 per cent of the facility’s roof.
•    95 per cent of construction site waste to be diverted from landfills and incineration.
•    Overall building materials comprised of 30 per cent recycled content.
•    95 per cent of wood-based materials within the building certified in accordance with the Forest Steward Council’s principles and criteria.
•    100 per cent of the facility’s property irrigation demand met using non-portable rainwater harvested by underground cisterns.
•    Energy performance features that include:
     o    Use of geothermal energy through a ground source heat pump (GSHP) field located under the  facility’s north parking lot. The GSHP field is comprised of 100 geothermal boreholes, with each hole extending 600 feet deep.
     o    Building envelope materials that combat high humidity and contribute to overall energy performance.
     o    Unique air handling units that prevent condensation and reduce the energy  demand required to heat the pools.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre By the Numbers:
•    More than 106,652 person hours worked to date, with zero incidents.
•    1,067,000 kilograms or 10 tons of rebar – concrete reinforcing steel – have already been installed.
•    More than 2,000 tons of structural steel framing has been installed.
•    11,925 square metres of asphalt laid.
•    1,680 metres of storm drainage pipe will be installed.
•    8,000 cubic metres of concrete poured to date.
•    The pools will contain a total of 2.7 million gallons of water.
•    The open web steel trusses in the competition pool span approximately 80 metres.
•    More than 4,500 metres of pool piping will be installed.

Watch a live feed of construction on the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre:

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