Canadian Sports Hall of Fame opens in Calgary

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, constructed by the Sports Ministry, has been opened to the public on 6 July 2011.The Sports Hall of Fame has been designed by Calgary-based Stantec and has been developed by CANA.

The 4088 square metre facility features a exhibit hall, retail and office space and ancillary spaces for storage and loading, all of which are connected by a two-storey atrium. The building’s design features a deep red and white façade that reflects the Canadian flag and cantilevered, tilted structure that reflects the successive elevated platforms that athletes stand upon when receiving their medals.

The exhibit hall of the building is located on the upper floor of the building and has a greater area than the lower level owing to which it gives an appearance of floating above the ground. Since beams or support columns would spoil the intended effect, the upper floor was designed to cantilever for 12 metres between the levels. The cantilevered portion features stepped floors that exhibit galleries and interactive displays about individual sports.

Stantec provided the architecture, interior design, structural engineering and landscape architecture for the structure apart from the building’s green features. The green features include an efficient mechanical design and building envelope. The facility is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.