Project Summary

  • Client

    London Civic Centre Corporation

  • Budget

    $46.5M

     

  • Size

    214,000 sq.ft. 

  • Deliver Model

    Design-Build-Finance-Maintain

  • Year Complete

    2002

  • Sector

    Culture and Recreation

The Story

The 214,000 square foot, 9,100-seat spectator venue for hockey and other sporting events (10,000 seats for concerts), was built at grade for easy event loading access. The two-tier design accommodates 38 private suites, a restaurant that is open to the seating bowl, along with group hospitality suites that double as community meeting rooms.

In addition to the standard end stage configuration for large concerts, the arena can be set up to accommodate touring Broadway shows or smaller concerts in theatre mode. The theatre features a small, intimate atmosphere and a 30-line fly grid to suspend scenery or lighing and sound equipment. The arbor is retractable when not in use and is stored under the steel trusses.

The street-level main concourse incorporates the hockey hall of fame exhibits, retail space, and a sports café, all with interior and street access. The structure was built on 200 concrete caissons and designed similar to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, where the upper bowl curtaining system can close off the upper deck when not in use. The NHL-size ice pad is home to the London Knights OHL hockey team.

In addition to having a stake in the design, build, and operation of the facility, EllisDon managed the design and construction, including the plan approvals and permit process, design development, client approvals, reporting and administration, construction and staged commissioning of the facility through the transition into the operations
phase.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto

World renowned designer Frank Gehry wondered if we could execute what was to be his first project back in Canada. The art gallery wondered if it co...

More about this project

Halifax Central Library

Halifax

The Halifax Central Library is the municipality’s centre of information and knowledge; a place ...

More about this project

Rogers Centre

Toronto

In June 1989, EllisDon completed construction on the world’s first retractable roof stadium, also known ...

More about this project