Stantec-Populous-S2 team selected for £393m BMO Centre expansion project in Canada

WCN Editorial Team 27 May 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Stantec, Populous and S2 have been selected as primary consultants by the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and the Calgary Stampede for the $500m (£393m) BMO Centre expansion project in Calgary, Alberta in Canada.

The expansion project is intended to transform the BMO Centre into a modern and international-ready venue.

Stantec will serve as the Calgary-based prime consultant and Architect of Record (AOR), while Populous will be the architectural design lead. S2 Architecture will lead the construction administration team.

Additionally, Stantec will be responsible for providing mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and other specialty consulting services for the project.

A part of a large-scale enhancement to Calgary’s iconic Stampede Park, the new project is expected to spark development of Calgary’s emerging Culture & Entertainment District.

Stantec senior principal Léo Lejeune said: “The BMO Centre Expansion project is the key pillar to transforming east Victoria Park within Calgary’s Rivers District.

“Urban connectivity and community activation have always been important parts of our design approach, and we bring this same perspective to the BMO Centre expansion project.”

Since its opening in 1982, the BMO Centre has been Calgary’s premier venue for consumer and trade shows, special events, meetings and conferences. The centre has already undergone two upgrades.

CMLC president and CEO Michael Brown said: “The BMO Centre expansion is a transformational project that will make significant direct and indirect contributions to the growing energy and excitement in east Victoria Park. It’s a signal to the world that Calgary is coming into its own as a first-class destination for international visitors.

“The Calgary Stampede is a wonderfully supportive and gracious partner in giving CMLC the honour of delivering the city’s top-tier convention centre it deserves.”

The three-firm design team plans to complete the design for the project later in 2019 and the full expansion project is scheduled for completion by 2024.

Image: Officials from Stantec, Populous, S2 and CMLC. Photo: courtesy of Stantec/Business Wire.

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