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The Toronto Paramedic Services (TPS) Multifunction Paramedic Station was one of seven projects from more than 170 national entries in the design phase that received an Award of Merit by the 2021 Canadian Architect Awards.

BA Group assisted the design team and project team with transportation advisory services in support of the Site Plan Application for the development, concerning primary and secondary site driveway access, loading and waste collection facilities, parking requirements, 40 ambulance bays, and a regional training centre. 

The boldly angular Multifunction Paramedic Station contains emergency vehicle bays, adjoined by an administrative and educational block, and topped with a dramatic sawtooth roof. The roof is covered with photovoltaic panels, and each bay is optimally angled and rotated for maximum solar capture. A mass timber structure reduces the building’s embodied energy. Overall, the Paramedic Station exceeds the city’s zero emissions mandate, aiming to achieve both zero emissions and net zero energy.

All Photos Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.

From the atrium, paramedics can easily access the vehicle areas, command post, offices, parade room, a kitchen and lounge, meeting room, and lockers for 700 staff and visitors. Stairs in the atrium connect to the second floor learning area that can be configured into four separate classrooms, or be used as one larger space for events.

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