Construction Details

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris 

  • The project is scheduled to be completed for the fall of 2018, and will host five events during the 2019 Canada Winter Games.    
  • The estimated project cost of $88 million will be funded through a combination of donations, partnerships and government funding.  
Construction updates will be posted to this page as progress continues with the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Doug Sharp, RDC Director of Capital Projects at 403.342.3247.
 
 
Final Construction Update: June 25, 2018
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, substantial completion of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre was achieved, and the keys for the building were handed over from Clark Builders, the general contractor, to Red Deer College.

Now that we have reached this major construction milestone, our contractors will continue to undertake any minor completions that are required, and RDC will work to add the final elements from an operational and functional perspective.

Throughout the coming weeks, classroom furniture, technology, audio visual equipment and fitness equipment will arrive and be installed. The landscaping, which is nearing completion, will be finalized and the remaining construction fencing will be removed.

It is important to note that the building is still not open to the public. Community members will have an opportunity to see the  building during the Community Day at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which will be held on August 23, 2018. Further details will be available closer to the event. We thank you for your patience as we finish the final elements of the building, and we look forward to celebrating with you in August.

We would also like to thank all of the people involved in this project, which has been many years in the making. More than 2,000 people have contributed to this building, including architects, engineers, designers, construction personnel, trades personnel, RDC staff and more. On weekdays, there were an average of 120 full-time employees working at the site, with a smaller crew of about 20 people on the weekends. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of this large team, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre will be a building that RDC can be proud of for many decades to come.

 

Construction Update: April 30, 2018
The design-build team is entering the final stages of construction and completion throughout the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Highlights at this time include work on the gathering stairway, which is nearing completion in the Great Hall, as well as the installation of seats in the performance gymnasium and finishing interior millwork. The squash courts are nearing completion, and work on the Kings and Queens dressing rooms is expected to be complete in late April.

Solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Centre, and the solar walkway area, which provides a covered path from RDC’s main building to the new facility, has been constructed. 276 solar panels have been installed on this walkway, and these will produce approximately 105,000 watts of electricity. This walkway will be open for pedestrian use in early summer 2018.

The latest pictures of the Centre are available in the Photo Gallery.

 

Construction Update: December 18, 2017
As the year comes to a close, all of us who are a part of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre take pride in what has been achieved on this project throughout the past 12 months. A year ago at this time, we were at the steel framework stage of construction; now, a great deal of the work is complete, and we are proceeding with the final phases on the interior of the building.

Some noteworthy elements that have been completed recently include the transportation of solar panels onto the roof areas of the arena, gymnasium and fitness centre. These panels are being manually installed and, once complete, the functioning solar panels will  make the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre an important component in RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative.

Other construction highlights include:
  • Arena: the completion of the arena floor and the installation of boards and glass
  • Gymnasium: the installation of six basketball hoops in the gymnasium. Two hoops will define the feature performance gymnasium configuration for competitions and the other four will establish the cross-court set-up, which creates two full-sized gymnasiums. The gymnasium will be in this set-up most of the time, as this will accommodate teaching and learning in RDC’s programs.
  • Flooring: carpet has been installed in several classroom areas, and the skate flooring has been installed in dressing rooms
  • Painting: extensive painting has been completed in various parts of the building
The December 2017 update video and the Photo Gallery both show the significant progress that has been made and the status of construction as we wrap up this year.
 
 
Construction Update: November 27, 2017
 
Last week, another milestone was reached on the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, as a helicopter was used to transport half of the solar panels onto the roof. Using the helicopter was the most efficient and cost effective way to move the solar panels onto three main areas: the arena roof, the gymnasium roof and the fitness centre roof. The solar panel transportation will continue and, once the panels have been placed in these areas, crews will proceed with the manual installation.

Incorporating solar panels onto these roof areas is an important part of Red Deer College’s Alternative Energy Initiative, which promotes environmental stewardship and the generation of alternative energy. As we look to the future, the solar panels on the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre are expected to generate 1 Megawatt of energy, which will position the Centre as one of the main energy generation areas on campus.

Visit the Photo Gallery for images of the helicopter installation, as well as recent pictures from the interior of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. 
 
 
Construction Update: October 2, 2017
 
Construction milestones continue to be met in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre and, last week, the concrete was poured for the arena floor. This continuous pour took place over 15 hours, from Thursday morning until Thursday night. Pouring the concrete represents the final phase of the arena floor assembly, which included creating a base of heating pipes and insulation that separates the artificial ice from the ground below to prevent the development of permafrost that would ultimately impact the ice surface.

The arena within the Centre can convert from a hybrid-sized ice surface (90’ wide by 200’ long) to an Olympic-sized surface (100’ wide by 200’ long). This was achieved by creating two zones (one 90’ wide and the other 10’ wide) in the piping for the ice surface. This sets RDC apart from other institutions and facilities, and it will provide many opportunities for the future.

Visit the Photo Gallery for images of the arena floor during the cement pour, as well as recent images of the interior and exterior of the building.

 
Construction Update: August 21, 2017
 
As the summer progresses, construction milestones continue to be met on the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. The exterior of the building is close to completion, with all roofs watertight and insulated and the Great Hall glass and back pans 98% installed. Inside the building, progress is being made in all areas, from painting and electrical work to drywall and ongoing mechanical work.

The area surrounding the Centre continues to evolve, as the parking lot and curbs and gutters are complete, with sidewalks underway. The natural pond area is also taking shape, with aquatic planting complete and the pathways 75% cut out and gravelled.

Visit the Photo Gallery for recent images of the interior and exterior of the building. 

 

Construction Update: June 19, 2017

As construction progresses inside and outside of the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, a variety of milestone targets are being achieved. Recently, the first large sections of signage – the building name and the 2019 Canada Winter Games logo – were installed on the west side of the building. The RDC logo for this west-facing signage is being fabricated and will be installed in the coming days.

The June 2017 update video shows the construction status of the interior and exterior of the building. 

 

Construction Update: May 8, 2017
Construction continues to progress inside and outside of the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, with the target of having the building fully enclosed and weather-tight in June. For a look at the current status of the exterior, please see the construction photos that are available in the Photo Gallery

 

Construction Update: March 6, 2017
Steel Structure Complete

The structural steel is fully complete on the new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, and the arena section is now enclosed. Progress is being made on all areas of construction, both inside and outside of the building, and this exciting new teaching and learning facility is on schedule to open in fall 2018.

The March 2017 Update video provides a unique view of the construction happening inside the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Construction photos are also available in the Photo Gallery.
 

 
Construction Update: December 12, 2016
Steel Structure Nearly Complete

The steel framework is nearing completion on the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris. At this time, crews are finishing the framing of the gymnasium, the final phase of steelwork, and it is expected to be complete early January 2017.

Construction is also progressing on the exterior, as crews work on the decking (roof areas) and the exterior walls and windows of the various sections. Tremendous activity is happening and will continue to take place inside the building, and the range of work includes everything from interior wall framing to mechanical and electrical rough-in installation to pouring sections of slab flooring.

The Winter 2016 Update Video provides a unique look at the exciting developments happening at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Construction photos are also available in the Photo Gallery

 

Construction Update: October 24, 2016
Great Hall Steel Work Nearing Completion

The Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris continues to take shape, and crews installed the large angled space frames on the southeast end of the hall last week. These space frames were not delivered with the other sections of steel, because they were too large to be fabricated outside of Red Deer and transported on the QEII highway. As a result, a local company – Standard West Steel – fabricated the steel and delivered it to the site.

The vertical space frames on the northwest end of the Great Hall will be installed by the end of October/ early November. Once this work is finished, the impressive expanse of the Great Hall will be fully framed. Crews have begun framing the building components on the west side of the Great Hall. These spaces include the gymnasium, learning wing (classrooms and labs), fitness centre, squash courts and running track. This area will be framed up by mid-December.

While this work continues, crews continue their work on the wide range of other aspects of the building, including stairway construction, plumbing, electrical, pouring concrete slabs and installing exterior walls.

View the Photo Gallery for a look at recent construction activity on the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
 

Naming Update: September 21, 2016

In a celebration of collaboration, the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society, The City of Red Deer and Red Deer College signed a Partnership Agreement for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. During the Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris was revealed as the legacy name for Red Deer College’s future health, wellness and sport facility. For complete details on this event, see the news release

 

Construction Update: September 12, 2016
Steel Work Set to Begin on the Great Hall

As the steel structure on the Harris Centre continues to take shape, the Arena portion of the building has now been fully framed, with decking and some masonry work on this area underway. The steel for the Great Hall has arrived on campus and the columns, beams and trusses are being placed for this section of the Centre.

The size and scope of the Harris Centre isn’t limited to the building itself, as the overall site includes a future soccer field and a storm water management system, complete with berms, storm lines and a storm pond. In the preparation phase for the parking lot and roadway asphalt base, over 7,300 cubic metres of pit-run gravel was hauled to the site: this is the equivalent in volume to three Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Check out the Harris Centre August Video for a unique look at how the site and the building have taken shape since November, 2015.

 

Construction Update: August 8, 2016
Steel Structure Begins to Take Shape

The above-ground work on the Harris Centre started to take shape on July 21, when the first beams of structural steel were placed in what will become the Arena of the new Centre. Photos of the site show how construction is progressing, with crews erecting the framework of steel for the Arena space.

While this work is happening, the structural steel continues to be fabricated off-site for the remainder of the building. The steel is being fabricated through earth-friendly processing, with 98% of the structural steel being made from recycled materials.

As of July 31, the electrical excavation and backfill for the site is 90% complete, and the light pole bases are almost complete throughout the parking lot and roadway. Masonry for one of the elevator shafts in the building has also been started.

 

Construction Update: July 15, 2016
Electrical Site Servicing Continues

The underground electrical loop continues to be placed for the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport and for future developments, which means the road will be closed on the southwest section of College Circle and there will be no entrance to Parking Lot O.

Please see the July 19 to 27 Road Closures & Parking map for complete details on the road and parking lot closures and the alternate access routes that will be available during this work.

To summarize the impacts that will take place from July 19 to 27:

July 19 – Road closure:

  • The southwest section of College Circle will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (see item A on the map), but vehicles can access Shipping & Receiving by taking College Circle around the east side of campus.  

July 19 to 21 – Parking Lot O closure and access road closure:

  • There will be no access to Parking Lot O (see item B on the map) from July 19 to 21. Users who regularly park in Lot O can park in any student or undesignated staff lot on campus.
  • The access road to the Modular Units on the south side of campus will be closed from July 19 to 21 (see item C on the map).

July 25 to 27 – Road closure:

  • The southwest section of College Circle will be closed from July 25 to 27 (see item D on the map), but vehicles can access Shipping & Receiving by taking College Circle around the east side of campus.  

Signage relating to the closures and alternate access routes will be posted.

 

Construction Update: July 5, 2016
Site Servicing Continues

As construction and site servicing progress for the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport, there will be a road closure on College Circle (between Lot P and Lot L) from July 11 to 16. This closure is to accommodate ductbank installation in the area.

Please see the Road Closures map for complete details on the road closure and the alternate access routes that will be necessary due to this work.

Please note that there will still be full access to Bethany CollegeSide, as the east-west section of College Circle in front of CollegeSide will remain open.


To summarize the impacts that will take place from July 11 to 16:

Access to Shipping & Receiving

  • A section of College Circle will be closed on the west side of campus (see item A on the map), but vehicles can access Shipping & Receiving by taking College Circle around the east side of campus.  

Parking lot access:

  • All parking lots will remain open, but the access to some lots will change for the duration of the road closure.
  • Access to Lot P (public parking west of the Arts Centre) will be possible via the north entrance – see item B on the map
  • Access to Lot L (reserved staff parking) will also be through the north entrance of Lot P – see item B on the map
  • Access to Lot N and Lot R will be possible via the north entrance to Lot N – see item C on the map

Signage relating to the road closure and alternate access routes will be posted, and this work will be completed by July 16. 

 
 
Construction Update: May 3, 2016
Site Servicing Phase

Site servicing for the Harris Centre is set to begin in early May. This site servicing includes excavation in preparation for storm, water, sanitary and power services, and it will cause some interruptions for access to the College and parking on the west side of campus.

Please see the Road Closures and Parking map for complete details on the roadways and parking lots that will be effected due to this work.

Road closures:

  • Saturday, May 7, to Wednesday, May 11 – College Circle will be closed southwest of the Arts Centre (see section A of the map). Drivers are asked to be aware that this will impact access to parking lots N, R and O, as well as access to areas on the southwest side of the College. These areas and parking lots can still be accessed via the east loop of College Circle from College Boulevard or through the north leg of Lot N. 
  • Tuesday, May 24, until Sunday, May 29 – College Circle will be closed on the west side of campus at the 32 Street and Webster Drive access (see section B of the map). Drivers are asked to access the campus via College Boulevard. This closure is due to carrying site services across to the north side of College Circle, setting the stage for future development.

Parking:

  • The north leg of Lot N (student lot) will be closed from May 11 to May 16; users of this lot can continue to park in the large south section of this lot.
  • Approximately 40 parking stalls on the south sides of staff Lot L and staff Lot M will be inaccessible from Thursday, May 5, to Sunday, May 15.

Signage relating to closures and traffic interruptions will be posted as these occur. The road and parking impacts from the site servicing phase are expected to be complete by May 29, 2016.
 

Construction Update:  April 13, 2016
Foundation Phase
 
The foundation work for the Harris Centre began during the week of March 21,  and pile foundations are well underway. It is expected that all 287 piles will be completed by April 15. Grade beams, or concrete beams that connect the perimeter piles, were started on April 11, and these should be complete by the end of May. In addition, deep underground services, including storm and sanitary lines within the building were started on April 4 and should be complete later in April.
 
Site work releated to the storm pond and berm development is nearly complete with distribution of black dirt to take place this spring. Grass will be planted in these areas in the spring and summer.
 
Above-ground work on the construction of the Harris Centre will be visible this summer, as the structural steel framing of the building will begin at the end of June and will continue for approximately six months.
 
 
Construction Update:  March 18, 2016
Site Preparation Phase
 
Over the past several weeks, Clark Builders / Scott Builders have been preparing the site for the next phases of development. Large amounts of soil have been moved to prepare for the building construction and to create the storm water pond, which is south of the new building and nestled against Waskasoo Creek. At this time, the excavation of the storm water pond has been completed and the displaced soil has been place in berms on the north and south side of the view corridor to QEII.  The building foundation work is scheduled to begin the week of March 21st.
 
Construction Update:  January 21, 2016
Site Development Approval 

Red Deer College received site development approval for the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport at a meeting of the Municipal Planning Commission with the City of Red Deer on January 20, 2016 .   

 
Construction Update:  December 18, 2015
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree & Fundraiser

Ecole Mountview School and Red Deer College are proud owners of a “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree”.  As part of site preparation for the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport this Fall, a very special tree was discovered by Shawn Moore, owner of Trimmed Line.  Shawn decided to donate his time and manpower to preserve the tree and safely transport it to Ecole Mountview School.  He envisioned erecting a Charlie Brown Christmas scene to surround this special tree and this week, his vision is coming true.  With the help of many donations and volunteers, the Charlie Brown scene will be set up starting this Friday at the school.  It includes Snoopy and his dog house (complete with Christmas lights), Woodstock, Lucy’s psychiatric stand and Schroeder’s infamous piano. 

Ecole Mountview School, Red Deer College and Trimmed Line would like to invite you to view the heartwarming creation on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 from 10am – 2pm.  Donations are being accepted to help support the Red Deer Food Bank and the Christmas Bureau.   In addition, the Charlie Brown Christmas scene will be available to bid on in a silent auction. 

For more information, please contact Ecole Mountview School.

 
Construction Update:  December 7, 2015
Site Work, Storm Pond & Construction Update
Since beginning in late October, site preparation activities for the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport are now well underway with the building pad preparation expected to be completed in mid- December.  Once this work is complete, this area will remain dormant until sometime in February when the pile foundations are scheduled to begin.  The creation of the Storm Pond, adjacent to the natural area,  is anticipated to commence sometime in December and its construction will continue through the month of January.

Interior design development work is also underway.  This includes the design of teaching and learning spaces such as the anatomy labs as well as the new weight training facility.  In early December, RDC Instructor Talbot Walton worked with his Applied Resistance Training class to create designs of the new weight training facility.  Using a scale replication of the facility floor and equipment, students generated various layout options that took into consideration how the space could function for different groups such as athletics teams, personal trainers and community users.  These designs will now be shared with Campus Management and the Fitness Centre Task Group as they work with the architects / builders to finalize designs.

Further updates will continue to be shared as progress continues with the Centre. 

 
Construction Update:  October 26, 2015
Site Work to Begin This Week
The site work that is set to begin this week includes:
  • Tree removal:  The bulk of the tree removal work will occur adjacent to the College maintenance shed and parking lot Q with selective removal along the south site boundary.  This work is scheduled to be concluded in early November.
  • Site preparation:  Tree mulching, site grubbing and building pad development is scheduled to begin early November and conclude by mid to late December (weather dependent). 

Please also note that beginning today, the following will be closed for the duration of the project:

  • All trails adjacent to the construction site.
  • All trails that fall within the construction site boundary.
  • The road that runs parallel to Highway 2.

For an overview of the site, please click here.

To view the proposed landscape plan for the site, please click here

 
Construction Update:  October 22, 2015
Site Work Set to Begin on Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport
In the coming weeks, site work is scheduled to begin in preparation for the construction of the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport.  The initial work will begin in the north west zone of the natural area to create the new storm water retention area.  Please feel free to view the proposed landscape plan for the site here.   
 
RDC Campus management has been working closely with our design-build consortium of Clark Builders, Scott Builders and Stantec as well as the RDC Science Department to ensure that the disruption to the natural area is minimized and environmentally responsible. 
It is also important to note that the storm water retention area is being built with the long term growth of the College in mind.  The design is in accordance to the vision and planning principles outlined in our Land Use Master Plan including maximizing the retention of green space and managing long term development needs in a sustainable manner.  Please feel free to review our Land Use Master Plan here.
 
Work will also be done to prepare the rest of the site for the construction of the Centre as well as other surrounding areas.  For an overall view of the impacted area, please click here.
 
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