The University of Toronto is poised to break ground later this month on the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, a design-build project is being undertaken by EllisDon. Situated near Varsity Stadium, the Goldring Centre will include basketball and volleyball courts and an expanded David L. MacIntosh sport medicine clinic. The design team includes architects MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. of Toronto and Patkau Architects Inc. of Vancouver.
In the planning stages for several years, the estimated $58 million centre will house international level basketball and volleyball courts, a relocated and expanded David L. MacIntosh sport medicine clinic, a range of sport and exercise research labs and a strength and fitness centre accessible to all U of T students.
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It will also be a venue where the university’s growing list of key partners can converge in support of the region’s top athletes.
“There has been a void within the high performance sport community,” said Prof. Ira Jacobs, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, under whose jurisdiction the centre will reside. multiple links:
“We need a place where researchers and scientists can collaborate with coaches, policy-makers, athletes and sport medicine specialists.”
The design-build project is being undertaken by EllisDon. The team includes architects MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. of Toronto and Patkau Architects Inc. of Vancouver.
Rosanne Lopers-Sweetman, chief administrative officer for the kinesiology and physical education faculty, said schematic design has been completed for the facility, which will have a gross floor area of 12,000 square metres.
Some progress has been made on preparation of design drawings, she said.
While the official groundbreaking is scheduled for Jan. 31, a date has not yet been set for a start on actual excavation. Prior to a start on construction, the existing site on the downtown St. George campus needs to be cleared. That includes removal of a small building and a shed.
The province’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is investing $22.5 million in the project, which is scheduled to be completed by January 2015.
The university’s governing council gave the final stamp of approval to build the centre in late November.