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University of Toronto Varsity Centre


Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects

The Varsity Centre Pavilion is the hub of the sports and fitness facilities at the University of Toronto downtown campus at Varsity Stadium. The pavilion features an open design with an inspiring view of the running track and football/soccer field. An extensive exterior canopy spans the width of the site leading to the exterior storage area.

S + A Services Included:


The building's heating is served by the campus central steam system and routed through the adjacent arena to the high-efficiency flooded style heat exchangers that generate hot water for the building. The ventilation is delivered from a high-end custom rooftop air handling unit with heat recovery and maintenance corridor integrated into the unit. Other features includes radiant floor heating in the change rooms, exposed ductwork and high-end mechanical finishes.


The second floor of the building was built over an existing exterior electrical substation. Electric services were rerouted to accommodate the new building. All fixtures are dimmable. Daylight lighting control allows for minimize energy usage. Exterior lighting at the pavilion perimeter and under the canopy is supplied with linear fluorescent fixtures complete with cold-weather, thermally-protected ballasts and extruded acrylic aluminum tube.


Toronto, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 13,600 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 7,577,860

Completion Year



2011 IES Illumination - Toronto Section Award