Specification & Guideline Projects
PanAm/Parapan Athletic Venues, Infrastructure Ontario
Four new Pan American/ParaPan Games Venues are being constructed in various parts of Ontario to accommodate for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. Quadrangle was hired to provide accessibility consulting for all four venues. They include the following:
- The Pan American Aquatic Centre, Field House and Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario, to be located as part of the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
- Hamilton’s new Ivor Wynne Stadium
- Milton Velodrome and Canadian Cycling Centre of Excellence
- York University Athletic Track and Stadium
Quadrangle has created facility specific accessibility output specifications based on the needs of athletes, government and non-government stakeholders, balanced with applicable accessibility standard requirements. Reporting and compliance monitoring is provided at every major drawing submission and throughout construction, meeting with proponent teams and providing commentary on what aspects are not achieving compliance with standards, such as the 2006 Ontario Building Code, the Final Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard, the City of Hamilton Barrier-Free Design Guidelines, and CAN/CSA B651, “Accessible Design for the Built Environment.”
Pan Am/Parapan Games Athletes’ Village, Infrastructure Ontario
The 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will bring over 8000 athletes, coaches and support teams to participate in approximately 400 events throughout Southern Ontario. Quadrangle, in collaboration with HOK Canada Inc., Du Toit Allsopp Hillier and Montgomery Sisam Architects were selected to complete the Planning, Design and Compliance for the Games’ Athletes’ Village and support facilities.
A key aspect of Quadrangle’s scope of work is to ensure that the design of two buildings that are designated as Affordable Rental Housing will meet the needs and future requirements of the non-profit housing providers. This work includes creating detailed specifications and compliance drawing reviews to ensure that residential units are accessible to all, including persons in mobility devices, persons who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing and persons with limited vision or blindness.
Quadrangle was also responsible for the creation of the accessibility specifications for the entire Athletes’ Village, and is currently reviewing drawings and construction for compliance with these specifications. The end result will be a key part of the revitalization of Toronto’s West Don Lands being accessible to all, not only during the Pan/Parapan American Games but also for the future mixed-use neighbourhood.
Developing and Implementing Barrier-Free Design Recommendations, Infrastructure Ontario
In response to the ODA, Quadrangle produced guidelines to promote the accessibility of properties owned and leased by the Government of Ontario. Scope of work included reviewing existing legislation and best practices, evaluating focus group results and presenting to multiple stakeholder groups. The report included a summary of issues, design recommendations, specifications and diagrams, options and a cost analysis. IO accepted the recommendations and hired Quadrangle to implement these recommendations.