In May 2019, CMLC and our project team began a major renovation of Calgary’s venerable BMO Convention Centre. As one of the first steps in this multiphase undertaking, the project team has been working for the past few months on critical enabling works—including building a new exhibition hall on the north end of the existing building.
Dubbed Hall F, this is a crucial component of the project as it will enable BMO Convention Centre and Calgary Stampede operations to continue without major disruption during the expansion. At approximately 100,000 SF, Hall F will allow for continuation of BMO Convention Centre events during demolition and construction and will house essential back-of-house services.
Outside and in, Hall F is truly taking shape, and work remains on track for its opening this summer. Work crews have now completed the following:
- Enclosing 95 percent of the building
- Installing the Centre’s mechanical air handling units (AHUs)
- Pouring all back-of-house concrete slabs
- Installing the exhibit hall’s central catwalk
Additional work on Hall F’s interior drywall, electrical and mechanical work is ongoing.
When the dust settles in 2024, BMO Centre will boast over a million square feet of floor space and double its current rentable space—making it Canada’s second-largest convention venue and giving Calgary a world-class facility to host gatherings the likes of which the city has never seen.
This project is adding unstoppable momentum to the redevelopment of east Victoria Park, transforming it into Calgary’s premiere Culture and Entertainment District. Both during construction and long after it’s complete, the BMO Convention Centre expansion is supporting hundreds of jobs, catalyzing private investment, inviting new development and creating economic benefits for the district, city, province and country for decades to come.