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CMLC deciding who will design & build Calgary’s $550M arena by June

Via City of Calgary

Calgary’s most innovative design teams have been on the edge of their seats, waiting to find out who will get the opportunity of a lifetime overseeing one of YYC’s most anticipated projects. As reported by the CBC, The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation said that they will finally announce who will be working on the cities new downtown event centre in June.

The city has given each company one last chance to ‘woo’ them, either during an interview done by the CMLC or through a final pitch, where each consulting firm will unveil their vision for the sports complex.

The chosen design team will have an incredible budget of $550 million dollars to create a 19,000 seat skyline staple to replace the Scotiabank Saddledome. (RIP, sad face emoji, heart emoji.)

They’ll be looking for a professional design and construction management team, as well as a structural mechanical and electrical consultant to complete the project.

Considering over 100 firms have expressed their interest in the arena, we can’t imagine that this will be an easy decision or a relaxing month.

After they’ve made their choice, the design team will have until early 2021 to work on their masterpiece, which will be unveiled to the public ahead of their plan to begin construction next summer.

Finally, if everything goes down without a stitch, Calgary will have a brand-spankin’ new event centre downtown by 2024 in the heart of Calgary’s east Victoria Park, and the Calgary Flames will have a new home.

Man, we haven’t felt like this since watching a finale of American Idol circa 2005 when the show was still exciting. Consider our eyes ripe and peeled. and waiting for more updates on this. Stay tuned!

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