Leading landscape architecture and placemaking firms from Toronto, Montreal, New York and Calgary will reimagine the beloved outdoor gathering space.
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.
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.
Intimately connected to Arts Commons
Arts Commons will lead curated programming, operations and maintenance for the revitalized plaza after construction is complete.
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.
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
- gh3* Architecture, Urban Design & Landscape ArchitecturePrime Design Consultant
- CCxA Landscape Architecture & Urban DesignPrime Design Consultant
- Belleville PlacemakingPrime Design Consultant
- Colliers Project LeadersProject Manager
- EllisDonConstruction Manager
- AecomCivil Engineering & Planning
- Level Playing FieldAccessibility Consultant
- Domingo Gonzalez AssociatesLighting Design
- Trizart AllianceAcoustic & Theatre Planning
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and its partners, The City of Calgary and Arts Commons, are thrilled to announce the Olympic Plaza Transformation—a new city-building initiative to renew an important but aging downtown cultural space, amplify the potential of the Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) and foster continued revitalization of the downtown core.