Several new Calgary arena reproductions show street-level prospects

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Additional photos of Calgary’s future new arena are publicly available as the project waits to clear one last obstacle before construction.

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The building still needs to be approved by the planning commission, but it is set to be discussed before the end of the year. There is still an opportunity for the public to comment on Saddledome’s planned replacement, and the commission must sign the plan before building permits are issued.

The arena is estimated to cost $ 608.5 million, with the city contributing $ 287.5 million. The amount is officially limited and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp., which owns Flames, will cover the remaining portion plus any cost overruns.

The latest photos show more details about what the activity at street level around the “event center” could look like. City officials and former city council members who signed the project said they do not want the arena to be an impenetrable box that has fallen in the middle of Victoria Park, and the intention is to integrate the building into plans for a larger “culture. and entertainment district “, which attracts people with businesses and gathering places.

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Street-level rendering of the proposed Calgary Event Center.
Street-level rendering of the proposed Calgary Event Center. Photo by Courtesy DIALOG

The reproductions show a sports bar and a restaurant integrated directly into different sides of the building and show an example of how public art can be placed outside the building.

Several images also show how graphics with fireworks or Stampede-style images could be projected on the ribbon-like facade that surrounds the building.

The international design company HOK and the local company Dialog are responsible for the design of the new building. Once up and running, the Saddledome will be torn down.

After building permits are granted, construction is scheduled to begin in early 2022. Work was to start this year, but the project had to be stopped for several months due to budget problems. In the end, new terms were hammered out, including a defined maximum for the city’s costs.

The city’s wholly owned subsidiary Calgary Municipal Land Corp. was also removed as project manager, and CSEC went on to hire another company of its choice.

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