Two PCL Projects Receive Global Recognition

From stadiums, arenas, and theme parks to performing arts centers and museums, PCL builds sports and entertainment facilities across North America.

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 annual Engineering 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.”


Over 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 grounds.

Home to Major League Soccer (MLS) team Toronto FC (TFC), and the new home of the Canadian Football League (CFL) team the Toronto Argonauts, BMO Field has been transformed into a world-class venue.

The 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 National Exhibition.

The 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.

Along 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 projects include  
2016: Humber River Hospital and Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
2015: Wood Innovation and Design Centre
2014: Canadian Museum for Human Righ​ts​
2013: BC Place Revitalization

The 2017 awards ​​​were presented at the ENR Global Best Projects Awards Gala October 23, 2017, in New York City.

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