Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
4,000 m2 (40,000 ft2)
Structural Engineering Consultant
Modeled after traditional European football academies, the Toronto FC Training Centre provides facilities for both the city’s professional soccer team and the general public.
Located in Downsview Park in north Toronto, the Centre is part of a larger master plan for the site, with a variety of residential and community facilities programming. The key features of the project include four natural and artificial fields, with the latter enclosed in winter with an air-supported fabric structure. A 40,000 ft2building includes offices, change rooms, fitness spaces and a sports medicine area.
Challenge: A window of only nine months was available for design and construction, and the budget was equally tight.
Solution: We engineered an exposed structure that would be architecturally expressive, from the precast concrete floors up to the combination of structural steel and glulam roof structures. The use of load-bearing masonry throughout the ground floor and portions of the second floor contributed to the cost efficiency and speed of construction for the project.