Canada Games Centre

Halifax Regional Municipality
Year Completed:

In 2011, the Canada Winter Games were held in Halifax, athletes competed at a massive, 176,000 square foot multi-purpose facility. Costing more than $40 million, the new complex served as a venue for the Games as well as a major sport and recreation hub for years to come. Its impressive list of features include:

  • An aquatic complex with an 8-lane, 25-metre pool, a warm-water 3-lane teaching pool, baby/toddler pool, hydrotherapy pool and even a water slide
  • The largest indoor track in Nova Scotia, with 200 metres of space and six lanes, as well as 4 full-sized gyms for sports such as basketball, volleyball and badminton
  • An 11,500-square foot health, fitness and wellness centre with state-of-the-art training and aerobics equipment plus an exercise studio for aerobics, yoga and Tai Chi
  • A meeting and multi-purpose common facility for cultural and community events, trade shows and exhibitions, and a convenient child care area

While the athletes were embracing their own challenges, BMR had one of its own: complete the centre on budget and on schedule – in less than two years. Fortunately, it’s a race that BMR has won time and time again and this was no exception.

Key Points

  • Large and physically demanding project
  • Long clear spans requiring custom-designed steel trusses
  • Aquatic centre must withstand a very damp environment