Olympic Plaza Transformation (OPT)

A timely restoration of a Calgary cultural landmark

Olympic Plaza is envisioned as a seamless extension of the greater Arts Commons campus.


Expanding the Arts Commons vision in support of downtown revitalization.

The Olympic Plaza Transformation will reimagine the 35-year-old urban gathering place as an innovative, flexible, arts-focused gathering space in the core, building on the momentum of the investment and work already underway in downtown Calgary. As development manager for the project, CMLC will steward design and construction on behalf of our partners, Arts Commons and The City of Calgary.


Key Takeaways

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    An initial $40 million investment

    The City of Calgary has allocated $40 million for CMLC to initiate the project, procure the design team and complete the design for OPT.

  • 2

    Intimately connected to Arts Commons

    Arts Commons will lead curated programming, operations and maintenance for the revitalized plaza after construction is complete.

  • 3

    An organic connection between indoors and out

    Through imaginative design and creative programming, OPT will forge stronger connections, both physical and conceptual, with Arts Commons.

  • 4

    Elevating an entire downtown block

    CMLC’s oversight of three concurrent projects in a single block creates design synergies, construction efficiencies and economies of scale.

Media & Recognition

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  • The City of Calgary
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Project Team9

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    gh3* Architecture, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
    Prime Design Consultant
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    CCxA Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
    Prime Design Consultant
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    Belleville Placemaking
    Prime Design Consultant
  • Colliers Project Leaders
    Colliers Project Leaders
    Project Manager
  • EllisDon
    Construction Manager
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    Civil Engineering & Planning
  • Level Playing Field
    Level Playing Field
    Accessibility Consultant
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    Domingo Gonzalez Associates
    Lighting Design
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    Trizart Alliance
    Acoustic & Theatre Planning