These venues attract world-class athletics, major
league sporting events, and the biggest acts in the music industry, while
bringing communities together for cultural events, social gatherings, and the
thrill of the game.
Two of PCL’s recently completed
sports and entertainment projects have each won an Award of Merit in the fifth
News-Record (ENR) Global Best Projects
competition, with the BMO
Field Expansion project being recognized in the
Renovation/Restoration category, and Rogers
Place in the Sports/Entertainment category.
“We are extremely proud to have ENR recognize these
projects on the global stage. PCL congratulates all of our partners involved
with the Rogers Place and BMO Field Expansion projects on attaining these
accolades,” says PCL president and CEO, Dave Filipchuk. “It’s fitting that both these projects are sports related, as
collaboration and teamwork were key to their successful execution.”
BMO FIELD EXPANSION
the course of two years, the expansion of Canada’s first soccer-specific
stadium emerged like a fortress out of Toronto’s historic Exhibition Place
to Major League Soccer (MLS) team Toronto
and the new home of the Canadian Football League (CFL) team the Toronto Argonauts,
has been transformed into a world-class venue.
first phase of the renovation, a twelve-month project compressed into just
seven to work around TFC’s season, added 8,400 seats (bringing capacity to more
than 30,000 people), a continuous concourse level and kitchen, and enhancements
to washrooms, concessions, and executive VIP spaces. To maintain the aggressive
schedule, precast was completed at night. At the peak of the project, upwards
of 500 workers were going against the clock seven days a week, 24 hours a day,
through the coldest February in Toronto’s history; temperatures that dipped below
-13 degrees Fahrenheit were exacerbated by lake-effects winds off the shore of
Lake Ontario. With the stadium residing on the Exhibition Place grounds,
construction activity also had to be coordinated around an active event roster,
including the 2015 Pan American Games, the Honda Indy, and the Canadian
second phase of the project had the added complexity of a schedule further
compressed, and focused on erection of the canopy roof, with the requirement that
all work be completed from the outside of the stadium to prevent damaging the
field. To carry the load of the trusses, four super-columns were engineered in
each corner of the stadium. The east and west roof canopies were built on-site
and lifted in sections, while the south canopy was assembled on-site as one
massive structure and installed in a critical lift by two lattice-boom crawler
cranes. This phase involved an additional scope of work to integrate the
arrival of the Argos, including the addition of artificial turf to extend the
natural grass playing field for CFL games, movable north and south stands, and
new home and visitor locker rooms.
with a new sound and lighting system, these upgrades bring BMO Field on par
with other premier MLS venues, and enhance the fan and player experience by
providing a louder, more energetic stadium.
“As the two-year renovation of BMO Field
came to a finish, we immediately went into one the most exciting years in the
venue’s history. Hosting the MLS Cup Championship, the CFL’s Grey Cup and the
NHL’s Centennial Classic game was incredible for the City of Toronto and its
fans,” says Bob Hunter, chief project development officer, Maple Leaf Sports
& Entertainment Ltd. “Thanks to the work done by PCL and valued project
partners, fans at these events enjoyed an elevated experience in a more
energetic and exciting atmosphere. With these renovations, BMO Field is now one
of the country’s top venues and we are excited to welcome more world-class events.”
BMO Field Expansion Project Team
In the span of 30 months, PCL Edmonton transformed an old rail
yard-turned-parking-lot into the jewel of downtown Edmonton—Rogers Place.
Rogers Place is an arena for the fans. Among its many significant
features are a lower bowl of over 9,000 seats, terrific sightlines, wide
concourses, leading food and beverage offerings, and the latest in technology.
Whether attending an Oilers
game or the biggest of concerts, guests of Rogers Place experience it all in
the most dynamic of entertainment environments.
Rogers Place and its related infrastructure boast 1,110,900 square
feet of space, the largest true high-definition scoreboard in the NHL, and
expansive concourses with natural light. Rogers Place anchors a major
revitalization of Edmonton’s downtown and spurred $5 billion in private and
public developments, including ICE District, which will be Canada’s largest
sports and entertainment district. The project scope included construction of
Ford Hall, the Downtown Community Arena, LRT connection and pedestrian pedway.
The 141-foot-tall arena consists of eight levels: an underground
parkade, event level, mezzanine, main concourse, Scotiabank Suites level, PCL
Loge level, upper concourse, and media level. The building holds 18,347 for
hockey games and over 20,000 for concerts. There are 57 executive suites, 24
theatre boxes, 3,100 club seats, 900 Loge seats, 300 O-zone seats, 500 drink
rail seats, three food-inclusive clubs, two club lounges, and one full-service
restaurant, Curve, located within the building. Rogers Place offers guests the
latest in technology with over 1,250 HD TVs located throughout the building and
free access to Wi-Fi in all clubs, concourses, and the seating bowl.
Rogers Place was built to LEED®
Silver standards and once certified will be the first Canadian LEED® Silver NHL
facility. The measures incorporated to obtain the LEED credits include one ice
plant for both rinks, 12 electric car–charging stations. Motion-activated LED
lights reduced energy consumption by 14 percent, 20 percent of materials used
in construction were from recycled or contained recycled content, 37 percent
less water is used owing to low-flush toilets and efficient fixtures, and 87
percent of construction debris was diverted from landfills. Rogers Place also
qualified for LEED points based on its location in the city’s downtown core.
Rogers Place Project Team
Industry veterans selected 23 projects from 17
different countries and six continents as outstanding examples of designing and
building internationally. The judges looked at projects in many markets and
examined safety performance, innovations, challenges, and design and
construction quality—with a special emphasis on the diversity of global project
teams and their collaboration.
In the five-year history of the international
competition, seven PCL projects have been recognized by ENR; past winning
River Hospital and Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Innovation and Design Centre
2014: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The 2017 awards were presented at the ENR Global
Best Projects Awards Gala October 23, 2017, in New York City.