Whitby, ON
Abilities Centre

The Abilities Centre is a visionary project that aspires to provide an inclusive, integrated and fulfilling experience for Canadian citizens of all abilities. The facility was completed in 2012 and was a featured venue in the Parapan Games component of Toronto’s 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The expanse of the building and intricate AESS design creates a space that is truly inspiring for both athletes and spectators.

Our Role

The primary feature of this multi-use complex is a large gymnasium covered by a series of complex tri-chord curved steel trusses.  These trusses were fabricated in Walters plants and brought to the site for pre-assembly using a dual crane strategy, then fully field welded to ensure a seamless appearance.

Facts & Figures

  • Steel tonnage: 1,400 tons
  • Extensive AESS design
  • The project was given an Award of Distinction in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) / International Paralympic Committee (IPC) / International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Architectural Prizes 2013

Overcoming Challenges

Strong collaboration between the architects, structural design engineers and the steel construction team was required to rationalize the design to meet budget and schedule constraints.

Location

55 Gordon Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 0J2