Guernsey Architects, Design Architect; Baldwin & Franklin Architects, Executive Architect
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
6,480 m2 (69, 750 ft2)
Structural Engineering and Building Envelope Consultant
The state-of-the-art training facility for the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors, located on the Exhibition Place Grounds in downtown Toronto, represents a significant upgrade from their existing practice centre while also better representing the team’s rising presence in the league and the local community.
At approximately 6,480 m2, the BioSteel Centre is a two-storey training facility will accommodate two NBA-sized practice courts, a technologically advanced operations centre for the team’s management and front office staff, state-of-the-art locker rooms for the team as well as additional public dressing rooms, a large fitness, weight room and training area, an extensive medical and rehabilitation area, including cold and hot tubs and an underwater treadmill, 27 protected parking spaces, and a player lounge with dining room, kitchen and outdoor terraces.
Challenge: The building’s design concept included a central double gymnasium surrounded by offices, fitness areas and change rooms which required a mixture of clear circulation and views into the gymnasium.
Solution: Entuitive assisted in achieving this vision by developing a structural steel framing system that was free of vertical cross bracing on the ground floor. Cross bracing was only introduced in the walls of the upper level of the gym which, combined with heavier columns at this perimeter, provided a highly efficient bracing system for the building.