Updates on Civic Projects in Calgary

Find out where projects like the Calgary Event Centre, UCalgary Mathison Hall and the Green Line LRT are at.

Photograph by Jared Sych.

9th Avenue Parkade and Platform Innovation Centre

What: Multipurpose parkade with 500+ parking stalls across five levels and a 50,000-square-foot Innovation Centre space across two levels.

Projected cost: $80 million

Status: Construction is well underway and expected to open in spring 2021.

 

Arts Commons Expansion

What: Expand and upgrade Arts Commons in a two-phase plan beginning with adding new venues and meeting spaces. Phase two will update and renovate the existing building.

Projected cost: $440 million ($240 million for phase one and $200 million for phase two)

Status: Funding has been approved and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation has signed on as development manager. Phase one construction is expected to begin in 2024.

 

BMO Centre Expansion

What: Double the rentable area of the current BMO Centre by increasing the floor space to almost a million square feet.

Projected cost: $500 million

Status: Funding has been approved, and partial construction on the northeast side of the building was finished in spring 2020. Full construction on the BMO Convention Centre will begin in spring 2021. The grand opening is planned for June 2024.

 

Calgary Event Centre

What: Replace the old Saddledome with a new event centre that will also be the home for the Calgary Flames NHL team.

Projected cost: $550 million

Status: Funding has been approved and in June 2020 the final firms were approved for the design and construction process. Construction is expected to start in late 2021 and be completed in 2024.

 

Foothills Fieldhouse

What: A multisport fieldhouse featuring a 400-metre track, sports fields, capacity for 10,000 spectators and more.

Projected cost: $285.8 million

Status: In 2019, City Council approved $19.8 million to begin planning and designing the new facility. The University of Calgary pulled its funding due to budgetary concerns, however, further funding is still in the works and design plans are still moving forward for the new site while looking for other sources of funding.

 

The Green Line LRT

What: Add 29 new stations and 46 kilometres of new track to Calgary’s current LRT system. The project will be built in two stages, starting with Ramsay/Inglewood to Shepard, then Elbow River north to 16th Avenue.

Projected cost: $4.9 billion

Status: General design plans for the expansion have been approved, and construction is expected to begin in late 2021. Stage two functional planning is expected to be ready by spring 2021. The procurement process for stage one has been delayed until early 2021. The timeline for funding from the provincial government is in question.

 

UCalgary Mathison Hall

What: Combine a new four-storey Mathison Hall building with renovations to Scurfield Hall to create a new home for the Haskayne School of Business.

Projected cost: $90 million

Status: Funding has been approved, and construction is currently underway. Both the project and budget are on time and are expected to be finished by 2022.

 

Contemporary Calgary

What: Renovate and transform Calgary’s Centennial Planetarium into a signature cultural destination. The renovation will add a Class A exhibition space for international exhibitions, more studio space, and allow space for new education programs for youth.

Projected cost: $117 million

Status: Funding is being sought from the federal government, the Government of Alberta and the private sectors. The City of Calgary has already provided $25 million for the first phase.

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This article appears in the April 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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