Construction has progressed on The University of Toronto's new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport to the point where cladding is now being installed on the building's exterior. The 6-storey, $38.5 million sports research and training complex is designed by Patkau Architects of Vancouver and MJM Architects of Toronto. 

University of Toronto, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, MJM, PatkauU of T's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, image by Jack Landau

In the image below, workers can be seen on a swing stage installing a textured lightweight black aluminum cladding to the upper floors of the building.

University of Toronto, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, MJM, PatkauCladding being applied to the building's upper floors, image by Jack Landau

The main aesthetic feature of the building is a large polygonal glass cut-out section on the eastern façade, which reveals the building's 55-meter structural steel trusses. The floors inside hang from support columns at the end of the trusses. After the planned opening in January 2015, athletes training behind the windows in the large multi-level space will be able to watch passersby on Devonshire Place and games taking place across the street at Varsity Stadium.

University of Toronto, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, MJM, PatkauReflective glazing on the building's polygon-shaped eastern glass facade, image by Jack Landau

Besides the strength and conditioning centre, the facility will provide the University of Toronto with sports research and teaching labs, a state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic, and a 2000-seat basketball and volleyball field house. In the summer of 2015, the Goldring Centre's lower level court space will be host to futsal (an indoor variant of soccer) and various other court related sports as part of the upcoming Pan Am Games.

University of Toronto, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, MJM, PatkauU of T's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, image by Jack Landau

For additional information and renderings, check out our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or voice your opinion in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.