Goldring Centre for Performance Sports
Toronto, ON

Four-storey sports facility featuring 2,000 seat basketball and volleyball gymnasium, training facilities, and multi-use spaces. Basketball courts required a structural steel framework to support upper floors.

Structural engineer
Blackwell Bowick Consulting
Facts & Figures
  • 55-metre steel trusses support weight of upper three floors
  • Trusses put in place using a 550 ton crane – the largest such crane in Ontario

 

Our Role

Walters Inc. provided design, fabrication and installation for structural steel.

 

Overcoming Challenges

The design required the sports courts to be situated at or below ground level, which put several limitations on how to bear the load of the upper three storeys. The solution came in the form of massive structural steel trusses whose design was in some ways more similar to a bridge than a building.
Constructed within a tight footprint on the campus of the University of Toronto, the building required that Walters minimize its impact on nearby classrooms, offices, and student residences. Careful advanced planning ensured that the building blended as quickly as possible into the fabric of the surrounding area.

Location
299 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2, Canada
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