Location: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, AB
Project Value: $110 Million
Size: 3,650 – 20,000 seating capacity
Design Partner: HOK
In 2015, Architecture|Tkalcic Bengert and design partner, HOK, completed Shell Place, a multi-use sports venue in Fort McMurray for the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB).
The initial component of this project involved nearly doubling the existing fitness centre at Suncor Community Leisure Centre to over 1,200 square meters. A linear gallery was extended from this new fitness space, linking the heart of the existing facility with a new performance canopy to the south. This gallery link not only tie together the fitness centre to the community’s new major performance space, but it also weaves together an existing arena, multi-purpose rooms, a new badminton facility, artificial turf field house and conference facility.
In addition to the components noted above, Shell Place includes community group support areas as well as the development of a multi-use performance artificial turf football field capable of seating 4,400 spectators (expandable to 15,000), an artificial turf baseball complex capable of seating 1,600 both with luxury boxes and a variety of seating options. The facility also includes many Winter City amenities.
Our team reviewed various design options for the Sports Park considering existing site dynamics and the intent and vision of the RRC. This vision was built upon analysis of feedback from the community, working closely with the Board in making sure the concept reflected the intended function desired by the RRC and expected by the community. Our team also worked very closely with administration in assessing the business implications of this exciting project and ensuring that the project will be sustainable in the long term.
The final design compliments and celebrates the Winter City, with large open venue spaces usable throughout the year – an iconic architectural piece grounded in local arts, recreation and cultural communities but ready to host Canada and the World.
Photos by Layla Underwood of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo