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A “Must-see\” Sports Arena: Design of Place Bell to Redefine Stadium Experience in Laval, Canada by Lemay
November 19th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: v2com
Soon to be one of Quebec’s most in-demand sports and entertainment destinations, Laval’s Place Bell is now officially open! The new home of the Laval Rocket – an American Hockey League (AHL) team affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens – Place Bell features a 10,000-seat arena with NHL-compliant ice rink that can easily transform into a performance amphitheatre. It also boasts a 2,500-seat Olympic speed and figure-skating arena, and a regular, 500-seat skating rink, both of which are accessible to the public and sports organizations.
“This building is a powerful example of our commitment to design, to community and to an integrated project delivery method,” said Design Principal and Lemay Partner Andrew King.
“Most of all, we hope the project beautifully frames the stadium experience for all users, whether they are competing athletes, concertgoers or simply residents enjoying a day on the ice.”
Designed by leading architects Lemay and CannonDesign as part of a design-build driven by Quebec construction leader Pomerleau, the new community resource benefited from an integrated design approach and the extensive use of technologies like BIM (Building Information Modeling) and VDC (Visual Design and Construction).
“This was an ambitious project we delivered on time and on budget, while maintaining the highest quality,” said Eric Croteau, Lemay associate and director of the firm’s BIM studio. “We are proud to have been able to exploit new technologies to the extent that we did.”
Place Bell is a multifunctional venue that elevates stadium design and will be one of Quebec’s most in-demand sports and entertainment destinations, for numerous reasons that include the following:
Thanks to an integrated design approach and the extensive use of technologies like BIM and VDC, the project team delivered a highly sophisticated program in a very short timeframe, taking the use of those technologies and others to new levels.
Founded in 1957 as an architectural practice, Lemay is one of Canada’s leading integrated design services firms, merging architecture, urban design, interiors, landscape, engineering, sustainability and branding into a multidisciplinary and synergistic ensemble. With several offices worldwide, it ranks 74th in the world (World Architecture, 2017). Lemay has won over 350 awards and distinctions and has been a winner of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program since 2013, becoming a Gold Standard winner in 2017. Leveraging its unique blend of creativity, capacity and expertise, Lemay champions its clients’ aspirations, enhances users’ quality of life and strives to build a brighter future for our communities.
CannonDesign is an integrated global design firm that unites a dynamic team of architects, engineers, interior designers, strategists and industry specialists to help clients leverage design to solve challenges and achieve successful futures. Its more than 900 employees in 15 offices partner with clients across a multitude of industries including healthcare, education, science + technology, corporate/commercial, civic and sports. CannonDesign is recognized as the #16 design firm in the world by Architect magazine and one of the 10 most innovative architecture companies in the world per Fast Company.
Pomerleau is one of Canada’s leading construction companies and a pioneer in sustainable buildings. It specializes mainly in the building, infrastructure and civil works sectors. Founded 50 years ago, the company employs up to 4,000 people at its nine regional offices and more than 150 worksites across the country. With annual sales of more than $1.7 billion in 2016, Pomerleau is a full-service firm and offers general contracting, project management, construction management and design-build delivery methods among others, as well as alternative financing arrangements. In addition, it is a champion of virtual design and construction. Pomerleau’s divisions include Civil & Infrastructure, Buildings and Beaubois, and it co-owns Borea Construction, the leader in the Canadian wind farm construction industry.