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Red Deer College - Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Olympic-level features in college facility

  • 2019

    Winter Games

  • 18K

    Square Metres

  • Red Deer, Alberta

    Red Deer, Alberta

Designing and building a facility to be proud of for the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Red Deer College was prepping to host the 2019 Winter Games, and they saw an opportunity to create an iconic, eye-catching testament to their quality of education—right on the QEII highway. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre (designed by our team) features a glowing, dynamic roof that projects toward the city, creating a symbol of the connection between the college, community, and Waskasoo Creek.

The center, a design/build project, includes an arena with ice sheets for both Olympic and hybrid-size rinks and seating for 1,100 spectators. The arena will accommodate tradeshows and dry land events, skating, minor sport usage, Hockey Alberta usage, and will be home ice for the Red Deer College Kings and Queens hockey teams.

A double gymnasium features seating for 1,200 spectators and space for basketball, volleyball, badminton, convocation, and presentations. A second-level running track, offering both a loop and straightaway, looks onto the gymnasium courts below. Additionally, the Kinesiology department, equipped with treatment and rehabilitation rooms, movement and sport studios, an anatomy lab, offices, and classrooms, will support post-secondary programming.

The facility will host speed skating, squash, figure skating, badminton, and wheel chair basketball at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and will serve its community well after the events.

At a Glance

Stantec Architecture Ltd.
HCMA Architecture + Design
Meet Our Team

Enzo Vicenzino, Vice President, Architecture

To create design solutions that are meaningful, we must create a public realm that is connective, functional and sympathetic to the human experience.
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Linda Selin, Associate

Creating the right solution makes for a spectacular day—the big ideas are my favorite, where we get into the creative, digging-deep, discovery parts.

Wahib Toulany, Associate, Sustainability Engineer

Energy and sustainable design are growing fields, and our work contributes to a healthier tomorrow with intelligent design today.
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Chris Jennings, Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Community Development, (Landscape Architecture)

Passion, creativity, and solid design—above all else. That is my goal and what our project teams strive to provide.
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Rory Smith, Principal

Structural engineering is the frame supporting infrastructure and buildings essential to our lives—like schools, places of work, and homes.

Amelia Hollingshurst, Senior Associate, Architect

Our work provides endless learning opportunities. We continuously evolve the way we analyze, discover, communicate, and design.
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Jeff Rent, Principal, Team Lead

The positive impact our work has on communities is a constant driver to achieve greater value and promote sustainability.

Benjamin Ellah, Senior Mechanical Technologist

The future of mechanical technology? Sustainable design that focuses on environment and culture to leave the earth better than we found it.
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Enzo Vicenzino

Vice President, Architecture

Linda Selin


Wahib Toulany

Associate, Sustainability Engineer

Chris Jennings

Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Community Development, (Landscape Architecture)

Rory Smith


Amelia Hollingshurst

Senior Associate, Architect

Jeff Rent

Principal, Team Lead

Benjamin Ellah

Senior Mechanical Technologist

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