Situated on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, the Direct Energy Centre is Canada’s largest facility for conventions, exhibitions, and events. Formerly known as the National Trade Centre, the project consisted of 1.3 million square feet of exhibition space, one level of underground parking, an underground pedestrian tunnel to the existing automotive building, selective demolition, street re-alignments, and historical restoration to the existing Coliseum complex.
This design-build project faced an extremely compressed design period that overlapped a very aggressive construction schedule. Ahead of the curve, PCL applied many cutting-edge, innovative techniques to this project that are considered conventional today. The ultra fasttracked, 21-month schedule was maintained in large part by employing a top-down construction method, and pictorial schedules communicated progress in an easy-to-follow format. Careful planning and open communication ensured business as usual during construction, accommodating events such as the Molson Indy and the Royal Winter Fair.
Honourable Mention - Canadian Design-Build Award - Canadian Design-Build Institute
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