Friday, May 22, 2015

Doors Open Toronto - Pan Am Edition

"In honour of this summer's Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapam Am Games, the Doors Open Toronto 2015 theme is Sports, Recreation & Leisure."
To see the many places that have incorporated the sports and recreation theme (those with the sneaker icon), click here. To see all the buildings, click here.

The following are venues who were more specifically relating to the Pan Am Games.

BMO Field  (Sunday only) - Pan Am venue
"Back of house areas of BMO Field will be available and open for viewing through a self-guided tour. Visitors will also see the results of a recent construction project that expanded the capacity of BMO Field to 30,000 seats. This expansion was undertaken in anticipation of the upcoming 2015 Toronto Pan/Parapan American Games. An exhibit on the history of sports at Exhibition Place will be on display."
Mattamy Athletic Centre - Pan Am venue
The rejuvenated Maple Leaf Gardens is now the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the blend of heritage and innovation that has been reborn on the corner of Church & Carlton. Visitors can take in breathtaking historic rafters that shelter a new NHL sized ice rink, sit in the original blues and view the contents of the unearthed 1931 time capsule. The heritage panels mark the most memorable moments in the history of the building. Visitors can enhance their experience by downloading the Mattamy AC Interactive App on a smart phone or tablet. A behind-the-scenes tour will be offered including the architect of the site at 1 pm. Doors Open Toronto is the best opportunity to celebrate the monumental past of The Gardens and experience its revolutionary transformation.
Toronto Track and Field Centre (Saturday only) - Pan Am practice venue
This unique sanctioned indoor and outdoor Toronto Track and Field Facility services thousands of athletes each week providing training from grassroots to Olympic level athletes. The facility provides a vast area of training space for specialized track and field sporting events including pole vault, high jump, long/triple jump, hurdles, shot put, discus, hammer, javelin, steeplechase, sprinting and running events. Running competitions frequently take place in the centre and make use of the 200m indoor oval track, 60m straight track, 100m straight and 400m outdoor oval track. The facility hosts over 100 track meets every year including Provincial, University and National Championships sending out Canadian Athletes into competition across Canada and the world. This site will be the Practise Facility for Athletics during the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Free 30-minute tours of this unique one-of-a-kind sporting facility will be offered Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Guests can remain in the second floor Viewing Gallery to continue to view athletes training. Visitors can exercise at the facility at a fee.
Downsview Park Sports Centre - National Squash Academy - National team training centre
"The National Squash Academy (NSA) will be offering free squash clinics to those who sign up. Guests are also welcome to walk around and view the facility that offers the world's first all-glass doubles squash court. It is also home to some of the many world renowned squash professionals who train out of the NSA. The NSA works in partnership with Urban Squash Toronto, giving students from the Jane and Finch area the opportunity to play squash and study in the Urban Squash classroom." 
University of Toronto - Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport - Olympian and Pan Am athlete appearances
"Visitors will explore the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport to see some of its incredible architectural features. Visitors will see athletes using the cutting-edge equipment in the strength and conditioning centre and the speed and power centre. In the fitness studio, instructors will showcase the dynamic classes offered to students and members. Athletes will show off their skills in the Kimel Family Field House. U of T staff will provide information about the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s renowned academic programs.
Varsity Blues women’s hockey alum, coach and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Vicky Sunohara will make appearance on Saturday between 2:00 and 3:30 pm.
Varsity Blues swimming alum and 2015 Pan Am competitor Zack Chetrat will make an appearance on Sunday."
Cannon Design - Venue design
"Cannon Design provides visitors with a sneak preview of three venues designed for this summer's 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in July. Welcoming the world's greatest athletes as Canada hosts the international event, the Cisco Velodrome in Milton, CIBC Athletics Stadium at York University and the CIBC Soccer Stadium in Hamilton are powerful and distinct in their designs. Those on site will be able to explore the context and creative vision behind each of these world-class venues designed to serve both sport and community needs. The venues will provide athletes and spectators alike with a memorable experience while showcasing Canadian sport excellence. Included in the self-guided Architects' Studio Tour presented by the Toronto Society of Architects. Visit Special Programs for details."

DTAH - Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletes' Village design
"Visitors to DTAH will experience the history of a beautifully renovated modern building that sits in the Rosedale Valley ravine and get a glimpse inside the working environment in a leading urban design, building and landscape architecture firm. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about John B. Parkin Associates, the architects who won the building design competition in the early 1950s and how they contributed to the design of significant buildings such as Toronto City Hall (1965^ with Viljo Revell) and the Toronto-Dominion Centre (1969^ with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe). Visitors can also learn about how DTAH continues to shape the city, through projects such as the Lower Don Trail Master Plan and the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Athletes' Village. Included in the self-guided Architects' Studio Tour presented by the Toronto Society of Architects. Visit Special Programs for details."
"DTAH is a key consultant in the Planning, Design and Compliance (PDC) team of HOK | Montgomery Sisam | DTAH | Quadrangle Architects, who collaborated to develop output specifications and preliminary design documents for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village."

HOK Architects Corporation & HOK, Inc. (Sunday only) - Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletes' Village design (although not specifically mentioned in the description)
"Visitors will get insight into the everyday work life of one of the world's leading architectural, planning, strategy, and interior design firms. They will have the opportunity to tour HOK's newly designed studio, ask in-house subject matter experts questions about the design process, as well as view some sports and recreation projects from around the world designed by HOK's new Sports & Entertainment division. The 22nd Floor has registered for LEED Certification. Included in the self-guided Architects' Studio Tour presented by the Toronto Society of Architects. Visit Special Programs for details." 
City of Toronto Archives (Saturday only)
"Visitors to the City of Toronto Archives will be treated to a jam-packed day of local history and behind-the-scenes exploration. Guests can get an up-close view of some of the most remarkable and unique documents in the collection and view artworks based on archival images that have been created by students from the TDSB especially for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. A collection of Toronto boxing-related photographs donated to the Archives in 2014 will allow guests to step into the ring with photographer and retired boxer, Pete Doherty. Conservation staff will be on hand in the conservation lab explaining how documents are preserved for future generations. A photographic exhibit, Made in Toronto, Food & Drink Manufacturing in our City, which explores more than a century of food manufacturing in Toronto, will be on display. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions."
Archives of Ontario (Saturday only)
"Visitors are welcome to participate in guided tours of the Archives of Ontario's Reading Room, Exhibit Gallery, cutting-edge Vaults and Preservation Lab. The Reading Room Montage Wall features 375 images documenting 200 years of Ontario's history. Two sports-related exhibits will be on display featuring Ontario's Sporting Past travelling exhibit and the records of Ontario Olympian, Jacqueline (Jackie) MacDonald. 
Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Lakeshore Campus, The Fashion Institute (Saturday only)
Visitors to Humber's Fashion Institute will dive into the past. Originally the old Almont Hotel, the building is now home to the Fashion Management degree and The Fashion Management & Promotions postgraduate certificate program. This year's exhibit will feature a collection of fashion from the past 100 years, including a select number of vintage athletic wear, women's swimsuits, golf attire and tennis ensembles in a tribute to the upcoming Pan Am games. This exhibit will be sure to cause a splash!
Market Gallery (Saturday only)
In addition to viewing the exhibit on the history of summer waterfront sports in Toronto, presentations on the history of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and behind-the-scenes tour will be offered.

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