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Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre - Aquatics Centre


Designed by NORR Limited Architect & Engineers
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography

The Pan Am Aquatics Centre is part of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and is a high-performance aquatics and athletics facility constructed on the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Within this centre, students, high performance athletes, sporting groups and community residents have access to gymnasia, multi-purpose program areas, fitness areas, and training facilities.

S + A Services Included:


S+A designed heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and drainage, and fire protection systems for the Centre. HVAC systems include mechanical dehumidification for both the 6,000 seat, main 50-metre competition and diving hall and the 50-metre training pool space. The HVAC system features a vertical geothermal ground loop under the north parking lot which includes 100 boreholes to a depth of 183m (600 ft.) each. This heat exchanger is coupled to a heat pump chiller that can simultaneously produce heating and cooling energy for the building.


S+A designed the complete power distribution, lighting and fire alarm system for the new aquatics facility. The design encompasses standards from three different building legacy stakeholders along with provisions for the support and broadcast of the 2015 Pan Am Games.


The Aquatics Centre project involved the design of a structured cabling system to support the building's voice, data, wireless network, and broadcast audiovisual (AV) capabilities. Both Games and post-Games legacy modes were factored into the design (in legacy mode, multiple stakeholders share the facility). Each of these requirements were integrated into the design to create a unified structured cabling solution.


S+A conceived a complete security system that includes access control and a video surveillance system to meet the legacy stakeholders' operational standards. The project, designed according to the University of Toronto's security standard, integrates systems to the existing EBI Security Management Platform.


Scarborough, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 312,000 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 205,000,000

Completion Year