Niagara Falls, Ontario
The Niagara Speedway is North America’s largest elevated go-kart track and Canada’s first ever. Originally the site of the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill building, the Niagara Speedway was part of a 10-acre redevelopment project that HOCO Limited started in September 2015. Already completed projects in that scope, that RAAI was part of, include a renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, and a revamped Kelsey’s Restaurant. The project team consisted of RAAI, Integrative Design Strategies Inc. (IDS), engineers VanBoxmeer, Stranges and Antonio (VBSA), Niagara Rigging and suppliers Canam. The 6,550-square foot pit building houses 72 go-karts. The 42-foot high track structure, which descends downward to the finish line, consists of hair-pin turns, helical spirals and a 250-foot roller-coaster style ramp. The 2,000-foot track attraction opened in the spring of 2018.
*Winner of the 2019 Ontario Steel Design Award of Merit*