Project Description

The mixed-use Pan Am Athletes Village houses a 7,700 m² community centre, 17,500 m² student residence, 60,400 m² market housing, and 22,400 m² of affordable housing. The project transformed a former 80-acre industrial site into the Athletes’ Village for the Pan Am games. During the Games, the village accommodated approximately 8,500 athletes and officials – three times the population of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. After the games, the village became a vibrant and sustainable community for nearly 4,000 people. The new facility will include George Brown’s College first ever student residences for 500 students, affordable housing, condominiums and a YMCA. The estimated project cost was $652m.

The team applied for a unique “Multiple Building Application” to reduce certification fees and paperwork for the client for the 6 buildings. On average, the development was planned to reduce energy costs by a minimum 41 percent relative to the Model National Energy code for buildings. The development achieved LEED Gold certification.

The project was also awarded:

  • 2014 BILD Community of the Year
  • 2012 & 2013 CUI Brownie Award
  • 2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence
  • 2011 Excellence in Project Development

LEA Vice President Shahé Sagharian and Engineer Donald Guo provided Structural Consulting Engineering Services on this project while employed at a previous firm.