Top Projects 2010: Institutional/Runner-Up

Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, Taylor Family Digital Library Project and Leduc Recreation Centre


The $360.7-million Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences is the newest educational and research facility on the University of Alberta campus.

Designed by ONPA and built by PCL Construction Management Inc., the project consists of a 53,000 sq. m building with 2,200 lecture theatre seats, teaching and research laboratories, and faculty and graduate student office space. There were two components: A multi-storey main building and a lecture theatre structure just east of the existing Biological Sciences Centre.

Interestingly, an estimated 30 per cent of the area of the project is below grade, which reduces the visual impact on a part of campus overlooking Edmonton's scenic North Saskatchewan River valley. And it re-established the original configuration of the university quad by restoring it as the university's first president, Henry Marshall Tory, had envisioned.

Consulting engineers included Read Jones Christoffersen, Stantec and Hemisphere.


Scheduled for completion in December, the massive $135-million Terwillegar recreation centre and arena complex includes aquatic facilities, an indoor track, fitness centre, multipurpose meeting rooms, four-rink arena and assorted other features.

Fans in the arena get to sit closer to the action thanks to an innovative warm-fan concept in which the rink board and glazing system are used to separate the colder rink space from the warmer public concourse space, allowing fans to sit comfortably at the edge of the rink. The viewing concourse is also raised by 45 cm so viewers can see the entire ice sheet.

Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. provided construction management services. Sahuri + Partners Architecture Inc. designed the recreation complex while BBB Architects Alberta Inc. designed the arena complex. Consultants included Building Science Engineering Ltd., Protostatix Engineering Consultants, Aecom, MK Engineering, ISL Engineering and Land Services, Halcrow Yolles, Smith + Anderson, and Read Jones Christoffersen.


It's three projects in one. The $152.5-million Taylor Family Digital Library project at the University of Calgary consists of the Taylor Family Digital Library - a 265,000 sq. ft, six-storey academic and cultural library - as well as the High Density Library, which is a 32,000 sq. ft long-term storage facility. The final phase involved the redesign of 285,000 sq. ft of campus grounds.

Built to incorporate new technologies and ways of researching, the digital library portion has a two-foot raised access flooring system to make it easier to deliver necessary services to students. The space is being used for all mechanical, electrical and data systems distribution and is pressurized to deliver air throughout the building.

Acting as project manager and general contractor, CANA Construction completed the fixed price project over three months ahead of schedule. Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., Read Jones Christoffersen and Stantec were also involved.


PCL Construction Management Inc. knows a thing or two about building quality recreation centres. Earlier this year, the Edmonton-based company won the Recreation for Life Foundation's Award of Excellence for Constructing Recreation Spaces & Places for its work on the Leduc Recreation Centre.

Among other things, the award "demonstrates project management skills that includes adherence to scheduling and budget, excellent rapport and communication with other professionals and facility owners, and shows concerns for the community and on-site staff."

Highlights of the $45.5-million addition to what was formerly the Black Gold Centre includes two NHL-size hockey rinks with seating for 300 in each, a field house with two indoor fields - one primarily used for soccer - a fitness/wellness centre and an indoor track. Plus there's also leasable space, a kitchen and other amenities.

The project was designed by Architecture Arndt Tkalcic Bengert. Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. was the structural engineer. Stantec was the mechanical and electrical engineer.

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