Calgary sees several major building projects nearing completion this year

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is expecting 2024 will be a big building year.

As several major city-building projects near completion in The Culture + Entertainment District, CMLC also has the new 6 St S.E. Underpass project and prepares for construction on Arts Commons Transformation project underway.

The BMO Centre expansion and 17 Ave Extension & Victoria Park/Stampede Station Rebuild projects are nearing completion and the Arts Commons Transformation project construction groundbreaking is expected later this year.

“As Calgary’s go-to city-building placemakers, CMLC has a proven track record of designing and delivering some of Calgary’s most transformational projects on behalf of our partners,” said Kate Thompson, CMLC’s president and CEO. “2024 will be a huge year for project completions and groundbreakings, and for continued progress and development for downtown Calgary’s east end. Our team is poised and ready to advance more than $1B in major city-shaping vertical and infrastructure builds this year, and to steward further development and placemaking in East Village.”

Another city building milestone, procurement is underway for the new 6 St S.E. underpass.

In 2024, CMLC will continue to oversee the development of several mixed-use residential projects in East Village, which includes projects like BOSA Development’s Arris Residences, which began leasing on 337 units in late 2023, and Alston Properties’ EV606, where construction is underway on 44 residential units and 9,000 SF of main floor retail space. CMLC is seeing sustained development interest in the community, recently signing Letters of Intent for three development parcels, and looks forward to seeing those agreements progress in 2024.

The Arts Commons transformation and Olympic Plaza transformation projects on behalf of Arts Commons and The City of Calgary are underway downtown, and CMLC is preparing to reveal the design for the Arts Commons Transformation expansion – a new building with a 1,000-seat theatre and 200-seat studio theatre – this spring and anticipate breaking ground on the expansion later this year.

In The Culture + Entertainment District (the C+E), CMLC is preparing to bring more than $600 million of major city-building projects over the finish line in 2024 in partnership with the Calgary Stampede and The City of Calgary. The BMO Centre expansion will open for Stampede 2024, welcoming the world to western Canada’s largest convention centre, and the Victoria Park/Stampede Station Rebuild and 17 Ave S.E. Extension projects will be completed this summer, creating a new gateway into Stampede Park for Calgarians and visitors alike.

And as some of CMLC’s major builds in the C+E approach completion, the team is preparing to initiate another major project that will support our shared vision for The C+E: the new 6 St S.E. Underpass. As steward of the Rivers District Master Plan, CMLC will lead the delivery of the District Infrastructure projects in support of the Calgary Event Centre. The 6 St S.E. Underpass is the first of those projects to get underway.

“The underpass was envisioned in the Rivers District Master Plan in 2019 as a critical infrastructure connection to support future development in the area, including a new Event Centre, the expanded BMO Centre and more than 4M square feet of future mixed-use development,” Thompson said. “CMLC has proven experience building infrastructure of this kind. In 2011, early in our stewardship of East Village, we delivered the 4 St S.E. Underpass, which has completely transformed the way people travel through downtown Calgary’s east end.”

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