IBI Group is a globally integrated architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm. The architectural division, with more than 1,100 architects on staff makes IBI Group the fourth largest architectural firm in the world. Of those, 180 are LEED Accredited Professionals. Integrity, Excellence, Partnership, Innovation and Community Involvement – values that will help IBI define the cities of tomorrow and are values shared by CMS. IBI Group architects will work with Jeff Gordon to take his designs and turn them into blueprints and 3D renderings prior for construction.
Of the many IBI Group projects around the world, the one that is nearest and dearest is the Toronto SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre).
The Toronto SkyDome, or Rogers Centre, was the first multi-use sports, entertainment, and recreational facility ever built with a retractable roof. It was the key project in the urban renewal of the Toronto waterfront and railway lands. SkyDome established the standards by which all other retractable roof stadiums are reviewed.
The stadium had 50,000 seats for baseball, 52,000 for CFL football, and 8,000 to 60,000 for concerts (using the SkyTent), as well as field-level service outlets for up to 160 exhibition stands. The building also included a four-star, 350-room hotel, health club, broadcasting centre and numerous other features. Eight 747 planes can comfortably fit in the 143,000 square feet of baseball field.
The infield at CMS will be 1,438,884 square feet, 10 times larger than the Skydome…so by our math, eighty 747 planes could fit in the infield of CMS.
Aecon’s VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) division has created a 3 dimensional visualization of the Canadian Motor Speedway as defined by our approved conceptual site plan. This amazing technology allows Aecon to create detailed 3D modelling from a rendered site plan and constraint drawing into a living, breathing vision of how a development will look at every stage until completion. The technology also programs each construction phase, identifies contractor conflicts and schedules site work to ensure timely, quality completion of projects of varying complexity. As CMS moves towards its final design stage, fans will be able to see the progress of construction and details of the site on this visualization including seating site lines, traffic routes, building orientation and pedestrian views.
Special features of this visualization include:
- Actual representation of a 1 mile oval track with a 65,000 seat grandstand (track size has since changed to 3/4 mile)
- Grandstand height as per noise mitigation regulations
- Re-constructed Miller Creek orientation related to the main grandstand building
- Block views of ancillary development areas (details will be added as designs are finalized)
- Flyover views of the entire 820 acres and proposed development as per zoning approval
- 1 lap around the oval
- A glimpse of the Amphitheatre
- NHL grade ice rink and convertible winners circle
- Snowbirds and CF-18 flyover
- Drive-by views from the QEW at Gilmore Road & Bowen Road interchanges
- Actual representation of all protected natural features around the facility