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May 24, 2019

Timeline and team announced for Calgary’s BMO Centre expansion project



As reported on CTV News, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and the Calgary Stampede have announced the team who will oversee the $500 million expansion of the BMO Centre.

Three architectural firms were chosen from a field of 12 companies who applied to lead parts of the process: Stantec, Populous and S2 Architecture.

Stantec is based in Edmonton, Populous’ headquarters is in Kansas City, Mo. and S2 has offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

“We have put together a team that I believe at the end of the day will build a product that’s not only going to meet the needs of an evolving convention centre market, but the needs of Calgary,” said Michael Brown, the president and CEO of CMLC.

To round out the expansion team, the CMLC has also hired convention venue operations specialist HLT Advisory Inc., project management firm M3 Development and construction management company PCL Construction.

The expansion will double the size of the BMO Centre, making it the second largest convention centre in Canada.

The federal, provincial and municipal governments have each committed $166.6 million for the project. An additional $3.9 million will come from the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd.

Proponents expect the project to create 1,800 jobs during construction, and 500 full-time positions once it’s opened. The centre’s opening date is set for 2024, and construction has already begun.

Phase 1 includes the construction of the 100,000-square-foot Hall F, a new space intended to house some BMO Centre operations, while the rest of the centre is under construction. Hall F will open in spring 2020.

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