BMO Convention and Trade Centre Expansion Project

Rank 2024


Image Credit: CMLC

Industry Sector: Buildings

Project Type: Public Spaces

Project Value: $500 million

Funding Source: Public/Private

Federal Funding: Up to $166.6 million

Provincial Funding: Government of Alberta: $166.6 million

Municipal Funding: City of Calgary: $166.6 million

Province: Alberta

City / Region: Calgary

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2024

The 565,000-square-foot expansion will increase the BMO Centre’s total floor space to over one million square feet, more than double the centre’s existing capacity, transforming it into Western Canada’s largest convention facility with more than 100,000 square feet of new exhibition space, 38 new meeting rooms, two new ballrooms and a central gathering space that will feature Canada’s largest indoor fireplace. The Calgary Stampede and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation unveiled the design for the Tier 1 convention venue in 2020, and the project has made significant progress since, with the installation of 10,000 metric tonnes of steel that comprise the building’s impressive structure. 

Project Owner: Calgary Stampede

Engineer: Tetra Tech (design); Entuitive

Project/Construction Manager: PCL (construction manager); Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (development manager)

Other Key Players: M3 Development, Wood E&I (WSP) (materials tester); Colliers Project Leaders; TULLOCH

Architect Names: Stantec, S2 Architecture; Populous (planning and design)

Legal: Bennett Jones

2023 Rank: 91

2022 Rank: 90

2021 Rank: 85

2020 Rank: 86