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New Designs for Downtown Arena Released

Proposed Arena Exterior from the West

May 16, 2012

Public input process on the designs will start May 22, 2012

The City of Edmonton has released a package of images showcasing designs for the new downtown arena, images that incorporate much of the feedback that Edmontonians provided in earlier consultations.

“Edmontonians said they wanted a pedestrian-friendly design that connected with the surrounding community. We’re designing an arena that will be a welcoming, iconic landmark for Edmonton,” says Scott Ralston, Principal with 360 Architecture, selected as the lead architect on a team that includes several local firms including Dialogue, Carlyle and Associates, Stantec, Bundt and Associates, and Arndt Tkalcic Bengert.

The new package includes never-seen-before images of the community skating rink, and new images of the arena and winter garden overpass. The designs show visually engaging facilities that complement the area, encourage pedestrian street traffic, and feature glass panels to bring in natural light and allow people to see in and out to the street.

The presentation to City Council made on May 16, 2012 can be viewed on the City’s website at edmonton.ca/downtownarena. City Council has set a $450 million maximum for the design and construction of the arena, which includes $30 million for the design.

“The architecture is inspired by an oil drop and is symbolic of Edmonton’s economy and its position as the capital city of one of the world’s great oil regions," says Bob Black, Executive Vice President for the Edmonton Arena Corporation. "We aspire to create a landmark building that also celebrates our status as a great winter city and makes a bold statement about our future.”

The City will begin public consultations on the designs on May 22, 2012. Residents will be able to view the designs and provide their feedback online, request a package with the designs by calling 311, attend one of the open houses, or view the designs at City Hall from May 28, 2012 to June 7, 2012.

“We hope that these designs will spark excitement in the community and we look forward to hearing what Edmontonians think,” says Rick Daviss, Executive Director for the Edmonton Arena District with the City of Edmonton. "We have an opportunity to design and build a facility that truly becomes a symbol of pride for our community and will contribute greatly to the revitalization of Edmonton's downtown core.

Public open houses will be held:

Tuesday May 29, 2012
Presentation starts at 6:30pm
Santa Maria Goretti Centre, 10050-90 Street
Main Hall

Tuesday June 5, 2012
Presentation starts at 6:30pm
Terwilliger Community Recreation Centre, 2051 Leger Road NW
Multipurpose Room

Wednesday June 6, 2012
Presentation starts at 6:30pm
MacEwan University South Campus, 7319-29 Avenue

Thursday June 7, 2012
Presentation starts at 6:30pm
MacEwan University City Centre Campus, 104 Avenue, west of 109 Street
Robbins Health Learning Centre, Building Foyer

The results of the public consultation and an updated design package will be presented on July 4, 2012 to City Council, who will make the final decision on the preliminary design.

The $30 million for design work is included in the overall building budget of $450 million, as designated by City Council.


For more information:

Ronna Bremer

Corporate Communications


780-405-6484 (cell)
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