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.