Consolidating multiple facilities onto one centralized campus
Kasian and McCallum Sather Architects (MSA) led the design of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) COMPASS campus – a Traffic Operations Centre (TOC), Materials Engineering and Research Office (MERO) and aggregate storage building. The project was managed by Infrastructure Ontario. The TOC, completed in 2015, is Phase 1 of the overall COMPASS project, Phase 2 being the MERO building.
As part of MTO’s plans to improve the efficiency of traffic management services in Toronto and surrounding municipalities, the new Central Region COMPASS TOC addresses the needs of an Emergency Response facility, Joint Traffic Control Centre and Regional Action Group. The new facility enables TOC operators and managers to more effectively manage current and future operations.
The design of the new TOC includes special program space to accommodate security clearance and access, demonstration and communications areas, meeting rooms and public support spaces to welcome and orient visitors. The design team recommended the use of industrial materials, metal cladding and polished exposed concrete to reflect MTO operations as well as to facilitate accelerated production, delivery and installation, ensuring project completion in advance of the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto.