2013 Commercial I Under $50M

Project: Markin MacPhail Performance Training Centre
Cost: $31 million
Location: Calgary, Alta.
Project delivery method: Construction management
Contractor: CANA Management Ltd.
Architect: GEC Architecture
Engineers: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (structural); Wiebe Forest Engineering Ltd., a division of SNC-Lavalin (mechanical); SMP Engineering (electrical)


 At the top of their game

World-class athletes deserve a world-class training facility. The Markin MacPhail Performance Training Centre in Calgary—the Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects winner in the Commercial category for projects under $50 million—aims to provide precisely that.

Not only was the 120,000-square-foot facility completed on time and on budget, but it also makes use of the latest technologies to provide a state-of-the-art training centre for elite Canadian athletes. In addition to training and development space, the facility features a sport medicine clinic, a physiotherapy clinic, a sport science laboratory, a 100-metre indoor sprint track and an underwater treadmill.

To meet the training needs of athletes, the project had to tackle some complex construction challenges. The sprint track required a concrete slab with a three-millimetre-over-three-metre tolerance that would create a flat surface ideal for pressure sensors. Sensitive enough to measure the transfer of weight in a runner’s step, the sensors collect data to provide quick feedback for training athletes.

The project has also been built to LEED Silver standards. Water consumption has been reduced with low-flow toilets that use non-potable water gathered from ice melt pits. The reflective roofing membrane has reduced the heat island effect, while the lighting system uses sensors to curb energy use. Construction incorporated several sustainable practices, such as diverting waste, using products with low levels of volatile organic compounds and drawing upon regional materials whenever possible.

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