Markham Pan Am Centre, Markham, ON
Owner: City of Markham, Infrastructure Ontario
Location: Markham, ON
Project Size: 142,000 square feet, $78.5 million
Architect: B+H Architects
CMU Supplier: Brampton Brick
Completion: Fall 2014
CarbonCure: Making a splash
CarbonCure was specified by B+H Architects as the CO₂ sequestration process aligns with B+H’s sustainability objectives. Sustainable design is an integral part of the B+H process. The firm has been innovators in sustainable architecture since the mid-1990s, when it incorporated high-performance features into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building. B+H is the only architecture firm to have won four BOMA Earth Awards.
Located in Markham’s developing downtown core, this premier community centre will host water polo, badminton and table tennis, and Parapan table tennis competitions in 2015. The welcoming design of the 13,657 square metre (147,000 square foot) multipurpose centre features a glass front with splashes of colour. Inside, it boasts a triple gymnasium with approximately 3,158 square metres (34,000 square feet) for training, competition and community use, as well as a 10-lane, 50-metre Olympic-sized swimming pool.
The 12-metre-high clear ceilings of the centre’s field house also meet international badminton, volleyball and other sport height requirements for an ideal field of play. In addition to the athletic facilities, the centre also makes space for several all-purpose rooms, meeting areas and a two-level fitness centre for optimal community use at the 2.4-hectare property.
It was the second sporting venue for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games to break ground.