October 13, 2010
by Canadian Architect
Infrastructure Ontario, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, announced the selection of HOK as the leader of the planning, design and compliance (PDC) team responsible for the section of the West Don Lands that will be home to the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village.
HOK|Montgomery Sisam|DTAH|Quadrangle Architects|Populous in collaboration are responsible for developing output specifications and preliminary design documents for the project. These documents will form the guidelines and performance requirements within which the successful bidder team must work when preparing the overall design. The Athletes’ Village project will proceed under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement model whereby risks associated with designing, constructing and financing the facilities are transferred to the private sector.
The Athletes’ Village project increases the pace of the West Don Lands revitalization, which is part of the renewal of Toronto’s waterfront. The design for the Athletes’ Village will be based on Waterfront Toronto’s vision for a green, modern and vibrant new community as outlined in the West Don Lands Precinct Plan. After the Games, the Village area will become a predominantly residential neighbourhood that includes affordable housing.
The Village will serve as the home away from home for the athletes and officials of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, in which 10,200 athletes and officials are expected to participate in the summer of 2015.
“This Athletes’ Village will change the face of Toronto’s waterfront forever. For Torontonians, the legacy of a new mixed-income, mixed tenure neighbourhood will live long after the Games. During the Games, the Village will be the finest home ever created for athletes,” said Mark Guslits, project team leader and HOK’s senior project director, commercial/residential architecture. “I have been committed to Waterfront Toronto’s vision for the West Don Lands for many years and am honoured that HOK is able to help make it a reality.”
“Our team’s goal is to create an achievable, sustainable, fully accessible Athletes’ Village for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, as well as a long-term contribution to the West Don Lands and the city of Toronto for the future,” said Les Klein, principal of Quadrangle Architects Limited.
Jointly, the partner firms are committed to ensuring design excellence, sustainability, and a vibrant public realm are created in Toronto’s newest landmark, waterfront community.
The team brings together global expertise in athlete village planning, design and operations, and the most creative minds in community and neighbourhood design in Canada. Creating a green community is key to the success of this project, and the legacy buildings of the Athletes’ Village will be designed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) New Construction – Gold.