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BMO Centre expansion hits milestone with completion of steel structure

Since December 2021, workers have installed 9,000 metric tonnes of steel for the BMO Centre’s expansion

Construction crews have completed the massive steel structure that will form the BMO Centre’s upcoming expansion, which officials called an “incredible milestone” for the $500-million project.

Since December 2021, around 9,000 tonnes of steel have been installed to frame the 565,000-square-foot expansion. Officials with the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. and the Calgary Stampede say it’s now the tallest structure in Stampede Park, overshadowing the nearby GMC Stadium and Scotiabank Saddledome.

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The final 27-metre piece of steel was raised and mounted to the end of the expansion’s canopy on Thursday.

Mayor Jyoti Gondek signs the steel beam before it is lifted into place on Thursday.
Mayor Jyoti Gondek signs the steel beam before it is lifted into place on Thursday.Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

“We’ve successfully navigated a volatile market and challenging supply chain to arrive at this critical project milestone on schedule, and to see the expanded BMO Centre take shape in Calgary’s emerging Culture + Entertainment District is a really positive indicator of the big things yet to come in the area,” said Kate Thompson, CMLC president and CEO.

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Stampede CEO Joel Cowley said there’s already been interest in the new facilities, with conferences booked from the expected completion date in June 2024 and beyond.

“We can’t wait to open the doors to western Canada’s largest convention centre,” he said.

Crews will now focus on sealing the structure and making it weather tight, before starting work on the building’s interior.

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