Human Space* was a member of the Planning, Design and Compliance (PDC) team and provided accessibility consulting for four major athletic venues of Ontario’s 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. This world-class velodrome - the second of its kind in North America - was designed to provide a competitive stage for para-athletes while welcoming spectators with a range of physical abilities.
The Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton includes athlete change rooms, amenities, and a fitness centre. Track cycling competitions have been hosted on its 250 m timber track, with a 1,500 seat capacity that can be expanded further for large-scale events such as those that took place during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Human Space worked closely with municipal stakeholders to implement the distinct goals and needs of each community hosting a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games facility, working with their Accessibility Advisory Councils. As such, Human Space developed accessible design parameters for each venue’s project-specific Output Specifications (OS). Collaboration with each building’s project architects provided spectators and end users of varying abilities a legacy of universal design during and after the games.
Human Space raised each venue’s level of accessibility beyond current Codes and Standards in Canada, garnering praise for all four sites as world-class leaders in the realm of accessible and universal design.
*This project was completed in joint venture with March of Dimes Canada under the name AccessAbility Advantage.