Posts Tagged ‘spectator venue’



Q&A with Conrad Boychuk: His StadiaExpo experience

In May, CEI’s Conrad Boychuk was invited to participate in this year’s Stadia Design and Technology Expo (StadiaExpo). Conrad was one of the inaugural participants of this event, which started in New York City in 2010, and was involved in the subsequent 2011 and 2012 events, both held in Los Angeles. ACCESS sat down with Conrad to discuss the conference and its evolution.




Halifax Stadium concept plan engages the public

CEI Architecture recently teamed with Halifax architects Fowler Bauld & Mitchell on the concept plan for a new 10,000-seat stadium in Halifax. The project reflects the Halifax Regional Municipality’s (HRM) goal to be named one of the Canadian venues for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The project is in the second phase of the due diligence process following a business case prepared by Sierra Planning & Management, who were also involved in the second phase of the work. Halifax has a well-developed public engagement policy, and there were four public sessions within the three-month duration of the project. Online and telephone surveys rounded out the engagement process.

The Phase 2 Report included a site selection process, the development of a building program, concept design, costing, and an economic impact assessment. FIFA required a stadium venue that would accommodate 20,000 spectators during the event, of which a minimum of 10,000 would remain in a legacy or post-event configuration. In addition, the design would need to accommodate, through a combination of built and temporary components, the unique requirements on any major international sports event including player security, medical and dope testing areas, commercial opportunities, and an appropriate area for dignitaries, VIPs and sponsors.

The proposed design includes a total of 10,000 fixed seats divided equally on both sides of the field of play. The addition of 10,000 temporary seats specifically for the FIFA event will create an intimate soccer venue. In a football configuration, additional temporary seating could allow the stadium to grow to 24,000. One option studied and favoured by the Steering Committee was a 14,000 fixed-seat stadium again, with all seating on the sides. In this option there is the long-term ability to achieve an overall seating capacity of up to 30,000 seats in the football configuration.

The Phase 2 Report was accepted by HRM Council on December 6.  Their efforts are now focused on bringing additional funding partners to the project.



Breathing new life into Kalamazoo’s Wings Stadium

CEI Architecture is developing a number of concept designs for upgrading Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The existing facility has expanded since being originally constructed as a 5,000-fixed-seat venue in the mid 1970s and now has two additional community ice surfaces attached.

The prime focus for the project is two-fold. First, the facility needs to be more multi-functional. One focus for improvement is the facility’s back-of-house area.

Another refinement that needs to be reviewed is the opportunity for generating revenue from private suites and other enhancements that simply were not part of the planning process when the facility was designed. For CEI’s Conrad Boychuk, the goal is to provide a revitalized Wings Stadium that once again becomes a regional destination of a diversity of sports and entertainment events.