Experience Profile: Sports Facilities and Entertainment Venues

WHO WE ARE – LRI Engineering Inc. (LRI) is a professional engineering company specializing in fire protection engineering, Building and Fire Codes consulting, emergency planning, and accessibility consulting. Founded in 1986, LRI assists clients with achieving the level of life safety mandated by Building and Fire Codes.

THE CHALLENGE – Canadian Building Codes do not adequately address many of the unique and challenging attributes of sports and entertainment venues. Such buildings typically incorporate fixed seating for large numbers of people and can include both loose seating or standing space for crowds on the event floor. Multiple interconnected storeys are often configured in a manner that presents further challenges from a life safety perspective. Building Code requirements do not deal with high density occupant load configurations, especially within interconnected floor spaces, in a manner that allows for effective, practical design solutions.

Alternative means for evaluation is required for high-quality designs. Owners and their design teams responsible for the creation of these venues need to apply rigorous thought processes and methodologies to balance competing project objectives, while maintaining the level of safety for building occupants that is expected of world-class facilities.

LRI EXPERIENCE – LRI is Canada’s foremost fire protection engineering firm in the field of Building Code consulting and related services for sports and entertainment venues. We help our clients resolve challenges such as exiting and smoke management system strategies, significant occupant loads, special hazards, special event modes, restrictive lot sizing and related site constraints. Our reliable, proven engineering approaches, combined with our experience in navigating the most rigorous peer-review and permitting jurisdictions, achieve positive outcomes.

LRI’s experience includes stadia tenanted by NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and CFL teams. A representative listing of some of our projects includes:

  • Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
  • BMO Field, Toronto
  • Rogers Centre, Toronto
  • Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton
  • Budweiser Gardens, London
  • Tribute Communities Centre, Oshawa
  • Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
  • Bell (MTS) Place, Winnipeg
  • CanAlta Centre, Medicine Hat
  • South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton
  • Rogers Arena, Vancouver
  • Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville
  • Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul
  • Riga Arena, Latvia
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