A LaunchPad to Success

It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. That proverb means that a child’s best hope for becoming a healthy, contributing member of society comes when the community takes an active role in its growth and development. Fortunately for youth in Toronto, PCL Construction and several other community partners have taken this saying to heart with the opening of the youth-focused facility MLSE LaunchPad.
MLSE LaunchPad will be the first collaborative
space in North America to leverage sport,
education, and research to promote social change.

MLSE LaunchPad is a place where youth facing
barriers use sport to recognize and reach their
potential.

COLLABORATION THROUGHOUT

MLSE LaunchPad will be the first collaborative space in North America to leverage sport, education, and research to promote social change. Once the intended site of a community roller rink, the first level of the Toronto Community Housing apartment complex sat vacant for two decades until this visionary project was realized.

“As MLSE LaunchPad’s construction management partner, PCL is proud to celebrate completion of the project and we congratulate MLSE Foundation, Toronto Community Housing, and the City of Toronto on their inspiring vision for this groundbreaking community development project,” Jim Dougan, PCL president of Eastern Canadian operations.

PCL’s scope of work involved fitting out 42,000 square feet of shell space into classrooms, sports courts, a teaching kitchen, climbing wall, change rooms, washrooms, and offices and storage, as well as completing upgrades to mechanical and electrical spaces.

A TEAM EFFORT

Beyond the bricks and mortar, PCL has been recognized by MLSE Foundation as a Building Partner on the facility’s Donor Wall of Fame for pledging over $1 million to construction with support from its trade partners, who are also individually recognized for their fundraising efforts:

  • ​Sprint Mechanical
  • Anco Contracting
  • L&L Painting and Decorating 
  • Limen Group
  • SC Floors
  • Westpoint Construction
  • Plan Group
  • Merit Glass
  • Northwood Surfaces
  • Guide Woodworking
  • Maple Terrazzo, Marble & Tile

“We would like to commend our trade partners and suppliers who not only played a key role in bringing this transformation to life but who brought MLSE Foundation’s vision even closer to reality by donating funds to support construction of the project,” added Jim.

Attended by nearly 400 donors and guests, the unveiling of the facility in January 2017 included an official first hockey goal with Toronto Maple Leafs alumnus Shayne Corson, first basket with Toronto Raptors alumnus Jamaal Magloire, and first soccer goal with Toronto FC alumnus Dwayne De Rosario.

“The opening of MLSE LaunchPad is about transformation,” said Larry Tanenbaum, MLSE chairman. “Of course it signals an impressive transformation of this space thanks to the support of so many partners on this project, but most importantly, the opportunity this facility offers to transform the lives of thousands of youth and better our community. It wouldn’t be possible without the vision and support of so many people, including Toronto Community Housing, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and PCL Construction. We’re grateful for their assistance and excited for the impact MLSE LaunchPad will have on our community in the years to come.”

No doubt youth in Toronto look forward to realizing their potential, in part thanks to MLSE LaunchPad.

 

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