Celebrating over ten years since opening in the Greater Toronto Area, the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC) is where one of our most recent projects landed us.
The centre was created as a direct response to the growing need for awareness and support for South Asian families impacted by ASD and other developmental disorders.
The centre has experienced exponential growth over the past decade, now servicing over 150 families. In the fall of 2017, they reached out to our team for help with a new facility.
As part of their expansion, the SAAAC had plans in place to take over a building that had been donated to them by one of Toronto’s school boards.
In addition to more office space and a learning centre, the new facility also came equipped with a gymnasium. As part of some renovations to the space, management of the SAAAC approached us to aid them in designing a safe gymnasium that would allow members to participate in a number of athletic activities.
First, we began the process of planning and designing a comprehensive wall padding solution to ensure the safety of participants at all times. In some cases, padding underneath basketball systems and in other high traffic areas is more than enough but given the size of the gymnasium, management wanted a complete system that would see every wall padded inside the gym.
In addition to the padding, our team was also contracted to provide a pair of basketball systems for the gymnasium. Given the size and the fact that the gym would house a number of events and athletic activities, a side-swinging, wall-mounted basketball system was selected. These systems are easily pushed flush against the wall and allow for assemblies or other sports such as volleyball to take place.
Sport Systems worked closely with our GTA Dealer Ash-Stevenson to perform the final step: the install.
Ash-Stevenson did an excellent job and the senior management team at SAAAC has reached out to us to tell us the kids and the parents love their new gym.