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Canary District - 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes Village
Canary District - 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes Village
Canary District - 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes Village
Canary District - 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes Village

During the 2015 Pan Am Games, one district had the eyes of the world.  That district was the Canary District of Toronto, Canada. Selected to be the Athletes Village, it became the home of world class athletes and champions.


Working closely with  Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, ArchitectsAlliance, Daoust LeStage, TEN Arquitectos, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects and Page & Steele/IBI Group, The HIDI Group provided the mechanical, electrical, communications, audiovisual (AV) and security design for this $514 million project.


Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the development is roughly 1 million ft² and is comprised of residential units, recreational and fitness facilities, pools, food services, polyclinic (temporary building), market housing, affordable rental housing and George Brown College housing.


After the games concluded the area was converted to legacy mode, including 7 buildings made up of 300 affordable housing suites, 1,000 condominium suites, 220 student residence suites, large retail spaces, the YMCA and a historical building.


Sustainability Initiatives

One of the things the team was very conscience of was the ability to create systems that were efficient as well as energy savings. Mechanically, heat recovery units were installed as well as high efficiency boilers, all in the interest of saving costs and reducing energy consumption.


Electrically, the lighting in George Brown College residence was designed to deliver cost savings in addition to reducing the energy and environmental foot print. As another energy-reducing initiative, a computer monitored central lighting system was installed in the YMCA building that could schedule light zoning based on the event schedule.

LOCATION: Toronto, Canada

CLIENT: Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto

OWNER: Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto
ARCHITECT: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, ArchitectsAlliance, Daoust LeStage, TEN Arquitectos, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Page & Steele/IBI Group
SIZE: 1 Million ft² / 93,000 m²


PROCUREMENT TYPE: Design Build Finance

LEED: Gold
AWARDS: Urban Land Institute - West Don Lands
2017–2018 Global Awards for Excellence Winner
Green Award of the Year
NAIOP Greater Toronto Commercial Real Estate Development Association Real Estate Excellence Awards Program - 2016
BILD Awards - Community of the Year (2014)
Canadian Architect Award of Excellence (2012)
Best Urban Community of the Year (2012)
MARKET SECTOR: Institutional, Residential, Sports & Entertainment