Human Space* provided Planning, Design and Compliance (PDC) accessibility consulting for four major athletic venues of Ontario’s 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Originally having served as a venue in the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games, this stadium now contributes to the sports scene in Hamilton, Ontario.
The stadium seats 24,000 spectators (with the option to expand to 40,000 for special events) and is equipped with all the amenities of a contemporary sporting facility. The venue also includes food and beverage kiosks, a catering kitchen, multiple universal washrooms per floor, accessible seating and charting stations for mobility devices, and ramps to allow ease of access for individuals with a wide range of abilities.
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 design.
*This project was completed in joint venture with March of Dimes Canada under the name AccessAbility Advantage.