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Local design firm DIALOG and HOK set to partner on new Calgary arena project

The design firms have now been named for the new $550 million Calgary arena project

The event center project has been in the works for years and was finally settled on December 5, 2019.

In January 2020, the city released plans confirming that the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) had come to an agreement.

It’s a project that’s roughly a 50/50 split between the city and CSEC, with the city picking up additional demolition costs. CSEC will also have purchase rights to two prime parcels of land – the Victoria Park bus barns and the site of the former Enoch Sales House.

Firm behind Calgary Central library and new Cancer Centre

Today, the CMLC announced that a partnership has been formed with the DIALOG and HOK firm.

The company which is a global design, architecture and engineering firm has already made headlines with some local designs. 

DIALOG is behind the new Calgary Central library, Telus Spark and the new Calgary Cancer Centre. 

Calgary Cancer Centre project / DIALOG

HOK is a global firm who have designed several arenas in the US including the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta) / HOK

“The Event Centre will be a year-round entertainment facility that will serve as an extraordinary civic amenity for Calgarians and visitors to enjoy for generations to come,” said Kate Thompson, President and CEO, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, in a prepared release.

The City of Calgary said that the new area would be a catalyst for redevelopment and will attract world-leading performers.

“The Event Centre is one of several significant infrastructure projects to which The City has made a significant city-building and financial commitment,” said Stuart Dalgleish, General Manager, Planning and Development, City of Calgary and Event Centre Steering Committee member. 

Ground breaking for the Event Centre is set to commence in August 2021, with completion date set for May 2024.