Arts Commons Transformation Project

Rank 2023


Image Credit: CLMC

Industry Sector: Buildings

Project Type: Public Spaces

Project Value: $450 million

Province: Alberta

City / Region: Calgary

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2028

A vivid demonstration that great cities invest in their futures, the Arts Commons Transformation will expand and modernize Calgary’s premier performing arts centre while nurturing revitalization of the city’s downtown core. Design for the fully funded $240 million expansion, a new building on the Arts Commons campus, is underway and will break ground in 2024. A capital campaign will launch in 2023 to secure the remaining funds to re-imagine and modernize the existing Arts Commons facility. When complete, the Arts Commons Transformation will give Calgary a modern, welcoming, and inclusive arts centre and performance venue right in the heart of the city.

Project Owner: City of Calgary/Arts Commons

Engineer: Entuitive, Reinbold/Altiere Sebor Weiber, Crossey Engineering with Designcore

Project/Construction Manager: Project Manager: Calgary Municipal Land Corporation/Colliers Project Leaders; Construction Manager: EllisDon

Other Key Players: Threshold Acoustics, Fisher Dachs Associates, AMS Planning and Research, Venue Consulting and A.W. Hooker Associates

Architect Names: KPMB, Hindle Architects, Tawaw Architecture Collective Inc., SLA

Financing Detail: Budget: $450M (Phase 1 Expansion $240M, Phase 2 Modernization $210M) City of Calgary’s Greater Downtown Plan - $80M City of Calgary’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative - $25M CMLC’s Community Revitalization Levy - $135M


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