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Max Bell Centre Upgrades

Max Bell Centre Max Bell Centre Upgrades

Originally built in 1974, Max Bell Centre will undergo necessary upgrades to modernize the facility and preserve a well-used community hub. Max Bell Centre is used for more than hockey; it serves as a venue to host festivals and events and provides an indoor walking track for Calgarians looking for an alternative place to exercise.

Construction to complete the upgrades will begin in May 2021 and be completed by December 2021. 

Design

The work proposed in this project falls into three main areas:
  1. Lifecycle replacement.
  2. Compliance with building codes and Council policies.
  3. Renovation and modernization of the facility.
Upgrades and renovation to the facility will include:
  • Replacement of the Ken Bracko (Max Bell #1) slab.
  • Lifecycle replacement of electrical, mechanical, and elevator systems.
  • Replacement and upgrade of facility lighting to energy-efficient LEDs.
  • Redesign and modernization of the main entrance, lobby and concession areas to improve user experience and security.
  • Redesign of the upper concourse as a running/walking track to allow for year-round citizen use.
  • Addition of child-friendly amenities to make the space more accessible to families.
  • Accessibility improvements including barrier-free washrooms.
  • Improvement of the parking area to make it more able to accommodate outdoor public and cultural events.
  • Replacement of ageing infrastructure like dasher board netting and water fountains.
  • Addition of windows between the two arenas to allow for greater spectator interaction.
  • Interior repainting.

Benefit

City arenas are an important part of sport and recreation in Calgary. Upgrades respond to user demand while improving the functionality, efficiency and accessibility of City-owned arenas.

The Max Bell site provides a valuable venue for outdoor festivals such as Chasing Summer Festival, Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri”, and Canada Day Block Party.  Exterior upgrades to the site will improve functionality, durability, and safety for all users. 

Impact

Capital investment in this project will contribute almost $8.8 million to the GDP and generate 62 full-time equivalent jobs (based on Infrastructure Calgary’s economic impact assessment model).

During construction, customers accessing Lifemark Physiotherapy may be required to use a construction lift/elevator. Instructions on how to access and use the lift will be available on site.

The contractor will adhere to The City’s Community Standards Bylaw, 5M2004 for hours of operation, material storage and construction best practices, including dust mitigation. If you have questions, please contact 311.

Budget

The estimated cost of this work is $14 million. 

Timeline

  • May 2021, Construction begins.
  • December 2021, Construction is expected to be completed.
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