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UrbanToronto: U of T’s New Athletic Centre Has a Skeleton of Steel

The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport will be a new home for some of the University of Toronto's best athletes.

The development, design, and history of building projects, brought to you by UrbanToronto.ca.

Construction continues on the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Photo by Jack Landau.

Known internationally for its academic quality, the University of Toronto also has a rich history of sports and athletics. Over 40 sports teams currently bear the maple leaf and upper-case T crest of the Toronto Varsity Blues. They play at the storied Varsity Stadium and the adjacent Varsity Arena at Bloor and St. George streets. U of T has, of late, been modernizing its sporting facilities. The newest addition to the Varsity Centre athletic facilities campus will continue that trend with a new sports research and training building, The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.

Designed by Patkau Architects and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJM), the $58 million complex will unite academic and athletic elements of the university, housing facilities including research and teaching labs, a strength and conditioning centre, a state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic, and a 2000-seat basketball and volleyball field house.

A rendering of what the Goldring Centre will look like when complete.

Under construction on the west side of Devonshire Place, across the street from Varsity Stadium, the 6-storey structure is being built with structural steel, unlike the many reinforced concrete projects we see popping up all over the city.

Head over to UrbanToronto.ca to learn more about the project.

CORRECTION: November 11, 2013, 11:10 AM This post originally misstated the cost of building The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. It’s $58 million, not $38.5 million.

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