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13 July 2015

Sports and Sustainability: Rogers Place Arena in Downtown Edmonton

Edmonton Oilers' Arena Rogers PlacePhoto credit: EAD JV

SportsBusiness Journal profiles the Edmonton Oilers’ goals for developing the NHL’s first LEED Silver arena in Canada.

Rogers Place, which is slated to open in the fall of 2016, has already achieved its goal of redeveloping downtown Edmonton. And with each new neighboring project announced, the Oilers have convinced others to go down the same green path. As it stands now, related development has grown from an original estimate of $200 million to a whopping $1.8 billion, a number covering both new construction and renovated buildings, said Chris DeVolder, sustainable leader for HOK, the arena’s architect.”

“The site of Rogers Place was originally part of the Canadian National Railway system as well as a tannery before it became a surface parking lot. It was a brownfield site that required environmental cleanup before arena construction started, said Shaun Mason, senior director for Icon Venue Group, the firm serving as the owner’s representative. In that respect alone, the arena has been a tremendous upgrade for the city’s downtown district, he said. … ‘I think it was really a good union of a project team in general that wanted to incorporate these green principles in a city that truly focused on them with the [LEED] Silver mandate.’”

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Watch a May 2015 time-lapse video of Rogers Place and the Edmonton Arena District construction over the span of 18 months: