Saddledome 2013 Flood Redevelopment


Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation


CANA Construction




GEC Architecture

Delivery Type:

Construction Management




Bringing hockey back after a devastating flood.

The Scotiabank Saddledome sports arena is an iconic building in Calgary located on the Stampede grounds. Originally constructed by CANA in the 1980s and renovated various times throughout the 90s, CANA was also engaged to complete renovations following the June 2013 floods in Calgary.


Following the floods the facility was significantly damaged including everything from seating, to the Flames dressing room, to the ice plant, back-of-house, club suites and kitchen.

CANA’s team of over 1900 individual workers was able to have the facility up and running for September 1, 2013 in just 69 days. A project of this magnitude would normally take over six months to complete.


To meet the schedule, the design was fast-tracked using as-built information and photographs to recreate the facility as quickly as possible. CANA engaged subcontractors to support the design and planning under time and material contracts. Much of the long lead items including ice refrigeration equipment, compressors and other mechanical equipment would normally take 12 weeks to procure. These items were sourced and manufacturing was expedited by the suppliers in order to meet the timeline and have the Calgary Flames on the ice on time for their first regular season game.

Without a doubt, the defining experience and memory working with CANA was the amazing flood recovery project of the Scotiabank Saddledome in 2013. I often said that if we had tendered the project and laid out expectations, no one in their right mind would have taken the job. CANA seized the challenge voluntarily and met an irrevocable deadline to start our season on time.

Ken King, Former President and CEO

Calgary Flames


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