CMLC reveals project team for Calgary’s new event centre

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) announced the Prime Design Consultant (PDC), Construction Management (CM) and specialty firms selected to lead the design and construction of Calgary’s new Event Centre.

DIALOG, a local multi-disciplinary design firm, and HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, have come together as partners to create a destination that will elevate the spectator, athlete and performer experience in Calgary.

The DIALOG + HOK partnership blends local experience in leading the design of Calgary projects like the Central Library and the new Cancer Centre; with international sports expertise in the design of notable projects including Little Caesars Arena (Detroit) and Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta).

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DIALOG + HOK were selected based on their combined relevant expertise for projects of this scale, thoughtful understanding of the guiding principles of the project and connection to how the Event Centre will contribute to, and fit within, the area supporting a vibrant Culture & Entertainment District.

To manage the complex construction delivery of the $550 million project, local construction firm CANA Construction partnered with Mortenson Construction have been selected for their in-depth local knowledge and vast experience in construction of sport and entertainment venues across North America.

“The Event Centre will be a year-round entertainment facility that will serve as an extraordinary civic amenity for Calgarians and visitors to enjoy for generations to come,” says Kate Thompson, President and CEO, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. “First and foremost, we were looking for a team to work alongside us for the next five years, we’re confident in our selection of DIALOG + HOK and CANA + Mortenson based on their collective experience, capabilities and understanding to deliver a venue that demonstrates Calgary’s pride and spirit.”

CMLC initiated the procurement process in January 2020 with a series of Request for Proposals (RFPs) to select the PDC team, CM team, and specialty consultants for structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering, which include: 

  • Structural engineering: Entuitive + Thornton Tomasetti
  • Electrical engineering: DIALOG + ME + Designcore
  • Mechanical engineering: Remedy + ME

“As we move forward with the development of this facility, we are confident this project team brings the experience, leadership and ambition to realize the full potential of what the Event Centre provides Calgary,” says John Bean, President and CEO, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. “With their experience of large-scale sport and entertainment facilities, we know that Calgary’s new Event Centre will be a source of civic pride for many years to come.”

The goal for the design of the Event Centre is to balance the needs and expectations of various sporting leagues, while providing the flexibility and adaptability to host a myriad of entertainment, cultural and commercial events. This project will serve as the anchor for the surrounding district with neighbouring amenities like the soon-to-be expanded BMO Centre.

“The Event Centre is one of several significant infrastructure projects to which The City has made a significant city-building and financial commitment,” says Stuart Dalgleish, General Manager, Planning and Development, City of Calgary and Event Centre Steering Committee member. “The work these teams have been entrusted to do will contribute significantly to the Culture & Entertainment District and have a lasting impact on our city.”

Construction of the Event Centre is set to commence in August 2021, with completion slated for May 2024.