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Pan Am Sports Centre a legacy build

 

by LINDSEY COLE 

The centre section of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is considered the spine of the facility, with one arm reaching out to its field house, the other to its aquatics centre.
The Pan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House features two internationally sanctioned 10-lane, 50-metre pools (including bulkheads), effectively doubling the number of Olympic-sized pools in the Greater Toronto Area. The centre is the only aquatics facility in the region that meets the latest international competition standards and will be the first facility with the required warm-up pool.
The Pan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House features two internationally sanctioned 10-lane, 50-metre pools (including bulkheads), effectively doubling the number of Olympic-sized pools in the Greater Toronto Area. The centre is the only aquatics facility in the region that meets the latest international competition standards and will be the first facility with the required warm-up pool. - Photo: PCL CONSTRUCTORS CANADA INC.

Outside, a message on the building reads, "A Legacy of the Pan and Parapan American Games."

For Jason Coughlin, a senior project manager with PCL Constructors Canada Inc., building such a facility has left a lasting impression on the 450 workers who were on-site at the peak of construction.

"When you're there day in and day out, sometimes you don't take the time to really appreciate what you've built. To go back and see the facility in use... you do look at it in a different light," he says.

"It's been welcomed very well by our peers, by the community."

Construction of the 312,000-square-foot facility started in July 2012, Coughlin recalls. Coined the largest sport new-build for the Games, the centre represents the largest investment in Canadian amateur sport history, costing a total of $205 million.

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