Pan Am

Parapan Am Aquatics Centre / 2014

The Client:

With offices across North America, PCL Constructors has worked on prominent projects including Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. PCL emerged as the winner in a high-profile bid to develop three event venues for the 2015 Pan American Games, when over 20,000 athletes, officials and volunteers from over 40 countries will descend on the Greater Toronto Area. The 2015 Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international athletic competition next to the Olympics and the Asian Games. Much is at stake, from revenue to reputation. Toronto’s goal is simple: put on a great show, run a world-class competition and have everything work smoothly.

The Challenge:

Among the venues built or updated for the Games are the $160-million, 300,000-square-foot Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre, Field House and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO). A single facility with a large footprint and multiple mini-venues, the Aquatics Centre will play host to the aquatic competitions and is the architectural centrepiece of the Games. The Training Pool and Competition Pool are both Olympic-sized. The Dive Pool features two springboards and four platforms. Behind the swimming areas is a field house for basketball and fencing. A heat and altitude chamber provides simulators and sensory training for athletes.

Plan Group was brought in at the beginning of a two-year effort to manage Electrical, Mechanical Controls Wiring, ITS (Information Transport Systems) and A/V for the new facility. The job is driven by a strict schedule. Regardless of weather, equipment delays or any other hindrance, the facility has to be ready, and it all has to be perfect.

Plan Group’s Solution:

Plan Group was in on the ground floor helping design each of the areas it would manage – from Electrical to A/V – ensuring seamless execution and optimal functionality. We deployed an integrated team of 80 electrical, controls and communication experts to ensure efficient execution of parallel jobs, including full data infrastructure, an extensive security system and a unique A/V and broadcasting system equal in quality to that of any professional stadium or arena.

The Result:

The Aquatics Centre, Field House and CSIO are on schedule, on budget and a proud example of Plan Group’s ingenuity, versatility and rock-solid commitment. In other words, it’s going swimmingly.