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The BC Place Revitalization Project, Vancouver, British Columbia

To revitalize the iconic 54,000-seat stadium extensive upgrades were needed to all amenities, field, seating, acoustics, audiovisual systems, illumination and ventilation.

 

The result of an extensive multi-discipline effort produced an integrated design for the revitalized stadium. The new cable truss retractable roof transformed the old stadium to an open-air field sport venue while maintaining the multi-use functionality of an enclosed facility. The stadium’s amenities, field, seating, audiovisual systems, acoustics, illumination and ventilation were all enhanced. New entrances and glazing opened the building to the surrounding upgraded plazas. An integrated network of energy-efficient digitally controlled architectural lighting animates the venue on command, transforming the city’s skyline. The makeover of BC Place significantly reduced its energy consumption. This all-encompassing alteration was achieved within a very aggressive schedule, with minimum intrusion, avoiding costly and time-consuming structural alterations to the stadium structure as well as full integration of new and existing mechanical and electrical systems. An innovative and holistic approach to the design breathed new life into the stadium, transforming it into a world-class, modern facility and a new iconic Vancouver landmark.

The BC Place project has won several prestigious awards since its construction including the Project of the Year Award 2012 granted by stadium Business Awards, the H.A. Krentz Award 2012 from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, BC Chapter, and the Award of Excellence – Buildings from Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.