Top Projects 2011: Institutional/Runner-Up

Morinville Community Cultural Centre, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and Health Sciences Centre Roof/HVAC upgrade


Working under a very tight construction schedule, design builder PCL Construction Management Inc. not only completed the 26,000-square-foot Morinville Community Cultural Centre project on schedule, but also under budget.

The centre is located adjacent to the Morinville High School. It features, among other things, a 500-seat auditorium with an elaborate polished and stained concrete floor, a stage and a commercial kitchen that can accommodate 500 people for events such as weddings. The centre also has change rooms with counters and makeup lighting, large meeting rooms for community groups and office space for the town's community services department.

Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. was the project architect. Other key players were Read Jones Christoffersen and FSC Architects & Engineers Inc.


It's nearly impossible not to feel a deep sense of national pride when first entering Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, which was designed to capture the energy and passion of Canada's athletes.

Designed by Stantec Architecture Ltd., and built by CANA Construction, the 44,000-square-foot hall of fame includes a museum; a 3-D theatre that can accommodate up to 120 people for movies, news conferences, seminars and product launches; and more than 50 electronic audio-visual interactive exhibits. One of the standout features of the building is the grand main entrance and atrium. And then, of course, there are the displays.

Building Information Modelling technology played a critical role in the creation of the building, which was completed on time and on budget.

The building is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. Consulting engineers on the project included CFMS Alberta Limited, SMP Consulting Electrical Engineers (formerly Stebnicki + Partners) and Weibe Forest Engineering Ltd. (now SNC-Lavalin). Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. designed the exhibits.


PCL Construction Management Inc. had to overcome numerous challenges as the general contractor for the roof replacement and heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrade project at the University of Calgary's Health Sciences Centre.

Among them: working in the flight path of the STARS air ambulance resulted in continual work stoppages during incoming and outgoing flights, and strict attention to safety as the prop wash from the copters could cause material to fly away. Plus, close to 500 penetrations in the existing roof were required to install the structural steel columns to support the oversized ductwork. And each opening had to be watertight until the new roofing system was installed and openings were permanently sealed.

Project consultants included AECOM Canada Ltd., Wiebe Forest Engineering (now SNC-Lavalin) and DIALOG Alberta Architecture Engineering Interior Design Planning Inc.

The project has a couple sustainable plusses: the roof ballast was recycled and, for the first time in PCL's Calgary district, power from renewable energy provider Bullfrog Power Inc. was used at the site trailers.

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