EllisDon Selected as Construction Manager for FirstOntario Centre Renovation Project

EllisDon has been chosen as the construction manager for the impressive $280 million renovation at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. This significant project, spearheaded by the Oak View Group (OVG), marks a pivotal moment in transforming 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. Our team is excited to play a role in bringing this vision to life, adding to the vibrancy of Hamilton’s downtown core. 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.”

Post-renovation, the FirstOntario Centre will feature 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.

Work is scheduled to commence in spring 2024, with the grand opening anticipated in the fall of 2025.