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PAN AM Changed Scarborough for the Better!Edit

Location: 875 Morningside Ave, Scarborough, ON M1C 0C7

When was it opened? September 2nd, 2014

Architects: B+H Architects and NORR

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) contributed towards the change of Scarborough. This place can be considered a “Place of Gathering” because it brings joy, enjoyment, entertainment, and interaction with the community. Since it was first opened on September 2nd of 2014, it has always been the hotspot in Scarborough and even non-residential people also come to visit this place. Besides its influences towards many schools surrounding Pan Am especially University of Toronto Scarborough, there are also some uniqueness to the Architecture that is pleasing to the eye. To create a There is the Architect of Record which is NORR and the Master Planning and Planning Design and Compliance which is B+H Architects. TPASC consists of two Olympic-sized swimming pools, four gymnasiums which are built to favor international standards, an indoor track, a double story fitness center, a rock-climbing center and four teaching studios. This enough give options and flexibility for the community to access frequently. It shows how much the recreation is suitable to all ages to use.[1]

 
Fig 1. University of Toronto Scarborough
 
Fig 2. Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC)
 
Fig 3. Back Entrance

For example, there are different programs suitable in the building such as clubs, Group Fitness Class, Instructional Class, Leagues, Private Training, Sport and Recreation. Certain exercise programs such as Aquafit, Osteofit, or Heat Smart which is a Group Fitness Class Activity, are more cater to adults or seniors. The Instructional Class is more favored to kids or young adults and it also have option for kids with special needs. Since Toronto is a multi-cultural place with visible minorities and so many immigrant residents. During the official launch of a event’s ticket sales, one of the Scarborough native, De Rosario, commented about the impact the building towards the older generation who missed out in the opportunity at young age and the youths who will grow up experiencing the entirety of the building:[1]

"Having grown up nearby in these areas, down the street .. who knows, maybe if a facility like this was around in my day, I might be a professional swimmer right now, or a diver. In a challenging environment, because it was through sport that I was able to channel some of those negative energies. I hope kids growing up in Scarborough today take the same lessons from sports that helped him rise to the pinnacle of North American soccer. I continue to remind them that there is hope no matter the environment you grew up in, with a strong mentality, and a strong mind, and of course facilities and support, anything and everything is possible.” (Eric Andrew-Gee, https://search-proquest-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/newspapers/de-rosario-proudly-sings-pan-am-games-praises/docview/1634396496/se-2?accountid=12005).[2]

If one were to experience this building, they would easily understand its aim for providing global experiences in sport and recreation for the community and visitors. Through this vision, this building is considered for a LEED (Gold) certification since it aims at achieving high performance in health for humans and the environment, for the Aquatics Centre and Field House. In the building, the Toronto Green Standard, which aims to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions beyond the criteria from the Ontario Building Code, incorporates a green roof over the training pool and other areas of the facility.  This idea of "legacy" has been trending for a while now due to Olympic and Pan Am competitions. Before, legacy was considered as facilities that would support the development of future high-performance athletes. For example, the old bobsleigh track in Calgary contributed to strong performances by Canadians competitions but not these venues are expensive. It would be unfair it their priority of existence is for the development of high-performance sport because then the local community is having little access to the venues. For contrasting, some venues like the Richmond Oval that is used for speed skating events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games is now changed into a community recreation and fitness center. The event is replaced with basketball and badminton courts, hockey rinks and gym space. The idea of this direction of change was a legacy plan aimed at encouraging the public to enjoy an active lifestyle and connection to the local community. Tim Jeffery, who sent a letter to an editor, appeared in The Globe and Mail, and asked a sensible question:

"Why does it take the Pan American Games to build amateur athletic facilities, affordable housing and transit upgrades that Canada's largest city has sorely needed for decades?" (David Macfarlane 33-34,37-38,). This creates more questions that has not been shone upon such as “What is it about an Olympics-like event that suddenly makes possible things that somehow were impossible before?” (David Macfarlane 33-34,37-38.)[1]

 
Fig 4. Pathway to the back entrance

In 2011, the city of Toronto added in about $23 million into the contribution for soil remediation on the former landfill. The cost of the facility makes the building the largest amount spent on amateur sport in Canada. For such an expensive facility, of course, the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, had to come to one of the grounds making events for the facility on 2012 of September. Although the facility is used for one of the biggest sports events such as the 2015 Pan Am Games, it hosted several other events for the North American Indigenous Games and the Invictus Games in 2017. There are some Judges that have some comment about the recreation through its design processes and visiting the site. According to Mark William, he commented about his admiration of the detail and creative approach to the building:

"This project is a wonderfully detailed and designed creation. The quality of design thought is carried through from the wonderful massing of forms, through the exquisite interiors and down to the smallest of details." (Mark William).[1]

Some other commenters such as Chris Sgarzi and Anita Moran also commented about their interest in the complexity of the building and the strong colors being incorporated into the design of the building:

"This massive facility is thoughtfully planned and interesting on many scales. It is efficient and provides the many programs and complexities that come with housing the international games, and it will responsibly transform into an attractive community asset." (Chris Sgarzi)[2]

"The building uses strong colors to successfully define sculptural masses both on the interior and exterior." (Anita Moran)[2]


[1] “You Are Being Redirected...,” You are being redirected..., n.d., https://www.athleticbusiness.com/rec-center/2015-facilities-of-merit-toronto-pan-am-sports-centre.html.

Canadian Architect, “Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Receives LEED Gold Certification,” Canadian Architect, February 16, 2017, https://www.canadianarchitect.com/toronto-pan-am-sports-centre-receives-leed-gold-certification/.

City Would Reap Pan Am Benefits; U of T's Scarborough Campus to Get $37.5 Million for Sports Institute after Bid Committee Vote, n.d., https://search-proquest-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/docview/439548380?pq-origsite=primo&accountid=12005.

[2] “You Are Being Redirected...,” You are being redirected..., n.d., https://www.athleticbusiness.com/rec-center/2015-facilities-of-merit-toronto-pan-am-sports-centre.html.


[1] Eric Andrew-Gee, De Rosario Proudly Sings Pan Am Games' Praises: Scarborough Native Excited for What It Means to His Home, December 9, 2014, https://search-proquest-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/docview/1634396496?pq-origsite=primo&accountid=12005.

David Macfarlane, The Age of Spectacle, Toronto Life, 01, 2010, 33-34,37-38, https://www-proquest-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/magazines/age-spectacle/docview/214359072/se-2?accountid=12005.

Dean Campbell, Going for the green: the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are building a legacy for the community, Alternatives, Inc., May 2015. https://go-gale-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T002&resultListType=RESULT_LIST&searchResultsType=SingleTab&hitCount=1&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm¤tPosition=1&docId=GALE%7CA421212541&docType=Article&sort=RELEVANCE&contentSegment=ZONE-MOD1&prodId=AONE&pageNum=1&contentSet=GALE%7CA421212541&searchId=R1&userGroupName=subd78095&inPS=true.

“Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre,” Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation, February 16, 2021), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Pan_Am_Sports_Centre.

Vanessa Lu, City would Reap Pan Am Benefits; U of T's Scarborough Campus to Get $37.5 Million for Sports Institute After Bid Committee Vote, Toronto Star, Feb 03, 2009. https://search-proquest-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/newspapers/city-would-reap-pan-am-benefits-u-ts-scarborough/docview/439548380/se-2?accountid=12005.

Kelly Grant, U of T's Scarborough Campus Goes for the Gold, The Globe and Mail (Index-Only), Aug 28, 2010. https://search-proquest-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/newspapers/u-ts-scarborough-campus-goes-gold/docview/747865781/se-2?accountid=12005.

“Pan Am Pool,” Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation, December 4, 2020), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Pool.  


[1] Eric Andrew-Gee, De Rosario Proudly Sings Pan Am Games' Praises: Scarborough Native Excited for What It Means to His Home, December 9, 2014, https://search-proquest-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/docview/1634396496?pq-origsite=primo&accountid=12005.

“Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre,” TPASC, n.d., https://tpasc.ca/.

“B+H Architects,” B+H Architects, February 2, 2021, https://bharchitects.com/en.

“Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre - NORR: Architecture, Engineering, Planning and Interior Design,” NORR, January 11, 2021, https://norr.com/project/toronto-pan-am-sports-centre/.

“Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre,” Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation, February 16, 2021), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Pan_Am_Sports_Centre.

[2] Eric Andrew-Gee, De Rosario Proudly Sings Pan Am Games' Praises: Scarborough Native Excited for What It Means to His Home, December 9, 2014, https://search-proquest-com.librweb.laurentian.ca/docview/1634396496?pq-origsite=primo&accountid=12005.

“Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre,” Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation, February 16, 2021), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Pan_Am_Sports_Centre.


[1] “You Are Being Redirected...,” You are being redirected..., n.d., https://www.athleticbusiness.com/rec-center/2015-facilities-of-merit-toronto-pan-am-sports-centre.html.

“Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre,” Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation, February 16, 2021), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Pan_Am_Sports_Centre.

“B+H Architects,” B+H Architects, February 2, 2021, https://bharchitects.com/en.

“Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre - NORR: Architecture, Engineering, Planning and Interior Design,” NORR, January 11, 2021, https://norr.com/project/toronto-pan-am-sports-centre/.