TPLC was retained by the City of Toronto to provide planning, design, environmental risk assessment and other pre-development services for what was to be the newest and largest community and recreation facility in the area. The new Port Lands Sports Centre was to include four NHL sized ice-pads (three with seating for 250 spectators each and one with seating for 1000 spectators), a series of multi-purpose and concession spaces, a community hall, an outdoor urban plaza, and below grade parking.
RDH in association with 3LHD Architects were commissioned to design the new facility. TPLC worked closely with the project team including the City, Waterfront Toronto and the Architects. The site is set in the Port Lands just east of downtown Toronto and was to be one of the first projects in an eventual new community of 35,000 residents and 10,000 workers. The City requested an iconic new facility designed to fit into the future urban fabric. It was also designed to be LEED Gold Certified and meet the City of Toronto’s Green Design Guidelines.
In 2008, City Council approved that $34.0 million be allocated for the construction of the Port Lands Sports Centre. A stakeholder workshop was held on July 8, 2010 and a public meeting was held on July 13, 2010. The purpose of these meetings was to provide an overview of the Port Lands Sports Centre project status as well as to obtain feedback on design options for the project and related considerations. In 2010, Toronto City Council adopted the current plan as the design to be implemented for the Sports Centre. In 2011, City Council directed that $32 million in funding still be dedicated for the purpose of realizing this project in the Port Lands, with the Hearn Generating Station site as a possible location. Funding for this project will be presented to Toronto City Council via the 2014 Capital Budget.
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