We are pleased to announce that Moses Structural Engineers is the structural engineer for the new Rouge National Urban Park Visitor, Learning, and Community Centre, working alongside Moriyama & Teshima and Two Row Architects. Rouge Park, surrounding Rouge River, covers 12,000 acres of beautiful greenspace across Scarborough, Pickering, and Markham.
The one-story building uses mass timber and steel, and will be composed of three intersecting pentagonal prisms which Urban Toronto writes “come together quite seamlessly to create an interesting spatial composition that interacts organically with the surrounding programming”. Floor to ceiling windows merge interior and exterior spaces while charred wood paneling allows the building to fit its natural setting. The building will create an environment where the public can learn about Rouge’s natural, cultural, agricultural, and Indigenous heritage.
Construction of the new centre, along with extensive landscaping surrounding the building, will drive greater engagement among park visitors as well as draw in newcomers. Visitors will be able to enjoy a learning centre in the east wing, food offerings and washrooms in the south wing, and a gift shop in the north wing (along with Parks Canada office space). The central open space may be utilized for various programs and will benefit from natural light on all sides.
The landscaping plan includes spaces such as the Participation Garden, Restoration Plaza, and the Food Terrace between the building’s wings. The property will also include sculptures by Indigenous artists, a fire pit, and plenty of native plants surrounding a large multipurpose lawn.
Read more about the project in the features below: