Arts Commons Transformation Project

Rank 2024


Image Credit: CLMC

Industry Sector: Buildings

Project Type: Public Spaces

Project Value: $480 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 $270 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. 

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; Hanscomb (cost consultant)

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

Legal: Bennett Jones

Financing Detail: Budget: $450M (Phase 1 Expansion $270M, Phase 2 Modernization $180M) City of Calgary’s Greater Downtown Plan - $80M City of Calgary’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative - $25M CMLC’s Community Revitalization Levy - $165M

2023 Rank: 96