CaDCR staff writer
EllisDon has been chosen as the construction manager for the $280 million renovation at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. The project by Oak View Group (OVG) will transform the venue into an 18,000-seat capacity facility.
“We are thrilled to contribute to the transformation of FirstOntario Centre into a premier entertainment hub,” said Randy Reymer, EllisDon’s vice-president and area manager for Southwestern Ontario. “This endeavour represents not just a renovation, but a commitment to elevating the city’s cultural and economic landscape.
“At EllisDon, we embrace the challenge of crafting a state-of-the-art venue that blends innovation and accessibility. More than just construction, this project is an investment in the city’s dynamic future, and we are honoured to be a part of it.”
Work will include a re-imagined facade, premium seating, improved sightlines, upgraded concourses, optimized clubs and suites, and artist lounges.
The project, to be designed by Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects, is part of a larger downtown revitalization project known as “The Commons”, which includes the newly reimagined arena, renovated convention centre, significant investments in the Art Gallery of Hamilton and concert hall facilities, as well as new residential, office, and retail space development.
Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2024 and be completed by fall 2025.