June 2015                                                                                                                  

Supporting the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games' & FIFA Women's World Cup Canada vision of delivering the best-ever experience for athlete and spectators alike – and with a legacy of sustainable excellence – is Smith + Andersen’s team of mechanical, electrical, communications, security, and lighting professionals.

Q&A with Smith + Andersen team members

(From left to right)
Brad Bull Principal- Mechanical Dan Larson Associate Principal - Mechanical 
• Rafael Correa Manager -Lighting • Keng Ng CAD Technician - Mechanical,
Pan Am 2015 Badminton Line Judge

Athletes face the ultimate challenge whenever they step up to the line. What were some of the more complex aspects the S+A team faced when engineering Pan Am venues?

Brad: Each Pan Am/Parapan Am Games venue represents a partnership of some kind between the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee, municipal government, and public institution or sport governing body, delivered under the Infrastructure Ontario Alternative Financing and Procurement model. We all shared a common goal of delivering reliable operations and a legacy of sustainability, but each stakeholder needed to influence the design to suit their own criteria for success. Because the design and construction schedule was short, and the expectations high, our team had to quickly and effectively deal with the smaller details so we could maintain our focus on the critical decisions that determined the ultimate success of the project.

Can you talk about S+A's role in achieving Pan Am's vision of sustainable excellence?

Dan:  S+A has a long and respected history of incorporating environmental stewardship into our designs. By that I mean minimizing domestic water usage, lowering energy consumption, and helping to create high-quality, comfortable spaces. More specifically, our designs feature lasting, environmentally-sound technologies such as rain water harvesting, wasted energy recovery, and geothermal systems for storing and drawing energy. I'm proud to say that, for years to come, these outstanding facilities will be testament to the giant leap the games and this city made in terms of sustainability.

What makes for a truly engaging spectator experience?

Rafael: Proper illumination is an important player in any successful sporting event. We carefully located luminaries to best capture all those elements that make competitions like world class swimming and soccer so compelling to watch - the colourful uniforms that help distinguish teams and individual athletes, the speed and excitement of the action, the reactions of the crowds when television cameras are turned on them - all without casting glare at the spectators, players and TV camera lenses. Quality lighting design creates intangibles as well: a sense of vibrancy and emotion, a delight in being part of a shared experience, and the possibility of inspiring youth to participate in sports.

How does it feel to be  part of a major international event?

Keng: For me, the Pan Am games have taken on a significance that is both professional and personal. Professionally,  it's a career highlight to know that your designs and hard work have contributed – in a meaningful way – to the success of such a huge undertaking. On a personal level, I was thrilled to learn that I have qualified to be a Badminton Line Judge at the Pan Am Games. All in all, I can tell you that sweat and perseverance is not just for the athletes!

Featured Profiles

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Toronto, ON                       read more >
Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletes' Village
Toronto, ON                       read more >
University of Toronto - Varsity Centre
Toronto, ON                       read more >
TD Place
Ottawa, ON                         read more >
Centennial Park Pan Am BMX Centre
Toronto, ON
University of Toronto - Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport
Toronto, ON                       read more >

Additional Venues

Direct Energy Centre
(known as Exhibition Centre during Pan Am Games)

Toronto, ON            
BMO Field (known as Exhibition Stadium during Pan Am Games)
Toronto, ON

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