NexSource Centre


A fresh start.

The Town of Sylvan Lake is located in central Alberta, about 25 kilometres west of Red Deer, and is a popular tourist destination for visitors from around the province. Plans to renovate one of the town’s ice arenas to accommodate the town’s growing population became urgent after the roof of the 1972-built structure collapsed.

The Sylvan Lake NexSource Centre is $35 million arena and community centre complex that features two new rinks: one ice arena, and a second curling sheet that is also NHL-sized, in anticipation of future flexibility. HDR | CEI completed upgrades to the existing 1,000-seat arena, a new seniors centre, and multi-use rooms that can now open onto the curling rink to accommodate trade shows. The new space is attached to the existing Multiplex ice surface—which was not affected by the collapse—and the aquatics centre to create one large community complex.

This project benefited from the contributions of a third-party Value Engineering consultant. Using this additional expertise, HDR | CEI was able to validate the project design during a three-day process. This process generated an increase in the project scope and budget, which included value-added options.

In 2014, Sylvan Lake was named Kraft Hockeyville by the NHL, beating out 15 other Canadian communities. The honour came with a $100,000 prize, which went towards the redevelopment project and is an important reminder of how significant hockey is in the community.

Project Cost



97,500 sq ft


February 2017

“HDR | CEI’s design charrette was not only extremely useful, but enjoyable. Getting all groups in agreement of the final concept might not have been possible without HDR | CEI’s design charrette.”

Ron Lebsack

Director of Community Services, Town of Sylvan Lake


Town of Sylvan Lake


Sylvan Lake, AB


Recreation & Community