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Design firms behind the Central Library, American stadiums, as partners in Calgary’s new arena

CALGARY – It’s hard to imagine what will replace the iconic Saddledome in Calgary, but we now have a better idea based on the design and engineering teams selected to create the $ 550 million project.

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) announced on Wednesday that local design firm DIALOG and HOK – a global design, architecture and engineering firm – are partnering for the new arena in the Rivers District.

DIALOG has been behind a number of high profile projects in Calgary, including the Central Library and the new Cancer Center.

Based in Calgary, DIALOG was the design firm involved in the Calgary Central Library project (file)

HOK has international sports knowledge and founded the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan was designed by HOK, one of the companies selected to help create Calgary’s news arena

Local construction company CANA Construction will partner with Mortenson Construction to develop the new facility.

They started the procurement process in January 2020, according to CMLC, and worked with the City of Calgary and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) to shortlist interested companies.

“The event center will be a year-round entertainment facility that will provide Calgarians and visitors alike with exceptional civic convenience for generations to come,” said Kate Thompson, President and CEO of CMLC. “First and foremost, we were looking for a team that could work with us for the next five years. We are confident that we will be able to select DIALOG + HOK and CANA + Mortenson for a venue based on their shared experience, skills and understanding create that makes this possible. ” shows Calgary’s pride and spirit. “

The city and the CSEC signed the contract for the new event center last December and agreed to split the cost of the multi-million dollar project evenly.

“With their experience of great sports and entertainment, we know that Calgary’s new event center will be a source of civic pride for years to come,” said John Bean, President and CEO of CSEC.

Additional specialist consultant teams were announced on Wednesday, including Entuitive, Thornton, Tomasetti, ME, Designcore and Remedy.

Although some partner meetings have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction of the new arena is scheduled to begin in August 2021 with the completion date in May 2024.

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