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 and Populous are in collaboration and 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. Creating a green community is a key component of this project, and the legacy buildings of the athletes’ village will be designed to LEED New Construction – Gold.
The Village will serve as the home-away-from-home for the athletes and officials of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games:
- 8,000 athletes and officials are expected to participate in the Pan American Games, July 10-26, 2015.
- 2,200 athletes and officials are expected to participate in the Parapan American Games, August 7-14, 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.”