Rogers Place venture particularly for PCL from Edmonton, one of many main stadium builders on the continent
It has to be the largest double key ring ceremony in the history of Canadian sport.
On Thursday, one day after the keys to the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina, the keys to Rogers Place in Edmonton were handed over.
It is certainly a pair of the best feel-good stadium construction stories you will find anywhere in the world that are getting spectacular results, on time and on budget at the same time.
PCL, a Saskatchewan-born, Edmonton-based company, a major international player in sports arena construction, has just delivered two of the company’s most impressive buildings to the company’s home communities, including the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Air Canada, Center in Toronto, Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa, MTS Center in Winnipeg, BMO Field in Toronto and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
And the proudest participants are the craftsmen and craftsmen who wear the PCL safety helmets.
“We proudly see Edmonton and Oilers every day,” said Mike Staines, operations manager, PCL Edmonton.
“Everyone feels very fortunate to be involved in this project – the 5,000 to 6,000 people who spent a lot of time on this job,” he added.
“I’m a craftsman from the old days, and when craftsmen come they always want to work on something to show their families proudly,” said Alan Kuysters, PCL vice president and district manager, Edmonton Buildings.
“I can see all of the people who have worked on this bring their families to the events in this building and say, ‘I did this and I did that.’ There’s nothing warming your heart when your child says, “Wow, Dad, did you do that?” Years from now, their children will say that their mother or father worked on it. And it goes beyond that. They feel like they did it for their community. I know a lot of people who brag to their friends in other cities about what Edmonton is getting.
“The craftsmen saw it every day. The average citizen has not seen it yet. “
Staines said it was fun watching the PCL staff.
“It was really cool walking around the site every day, seeing them take a step back and see what they’ve achieved in the 30 months we’ve been here. It is real pride in what they have done for their community. “
And that is the case with both PCL bosses.
“It’s very similar,” said Kuysters.
“I’ve been in the business for 33 years. During this time you come up with a couple of what I call career projects. This building is a career project. There isn’t an arena built like this in every city in Canada or in North America. It is really lucky to do it because not everyone gets this chance. It is our community and every day I think of the joy that this place will bring to people.
“The other projects I’ve worked on never aroused the desire or thirst for information and photos like this one. They had these webcams looking at it from all directions. When one of these webcams failed, we heard about it very quickly. “
Staines is originally from England.
“I’ve been in Edmonton for eight years and in Canada for 11 years, and my mother in England checked the webcam every day.
“I am proud and proud of what we have achieved. I’m really looking forward to taking my wife and children to events. My father in England is already talking about it. He’ll drop by and actually be in Edmonton when the building opens with the first Oilers game of the regular season. He’ll be going to the game with my son because I’m out of town. That alone gives you an enormous sense of achievement. It’s a team effort and that’s what I’m most proud of.
“I see these young people on our team who are fresh out of school. Her first job was a career job. It’s pretty rewarding to see them do that. “
It’s interesting that with the PCL headquarters there is a certain amount of frustration here at seeing the masterpiece emerge and still not looking at it.
“We have about 700 people here at corporate headquarters who haven’t been down there to set foot in this building,” said Shane Jones (no relative), the new PCL media officer and former Global TV commentator.
“They are kind of an extension of the operations team. The pride that emanates from our office building every day is remarkable in this way. It was just amazing to walk through the halls of the company headquarters. They just know that they are part of something special. “
Kuysters points to the history associated here with the company, which was founded by Ernest Poole in Saskatchewan in 1906 and which he moved here in 1932 after building the Edmonton Public Library a few years earlier.
“We built a lot in downtown Edmonton in the 1970s and early 1980s. Not much has been built in downtown Edmonton in recent years. The arena was a catalyst for a lot of what’s happening now, and we’re building a lot of the structures around the arena. As a company, we see it this way that we can rebuild Edmonton to rebuild our hometown. “
You may have noticed that the PCL logo looks very similar to the Edmonton Eskimos logo.
“The old Poole Construction logo was the original green and gold, and PCL continued that as the brand color,” said Staines.
The new Mosaic Stadium in Regina is nowhere near the scale of Rogers Place’s $ 610 million project, but everyone agrees that the same emotions are at play.
“Personally, they are working on it, they are very much like us,” said Kuysters.
“Rider Pride is burning brightly in Regina and the opportunity to work on the new stadium for your home team is something these employees appreciate too. There is nothing like it. “
Unlike Saskatchewan, which hosted a key handover ceremony, major press conference, and media tour on Wednesday, the key handover was not an event. Instead, they will have a ribbon cutting ceremony and major event on September 8th and of course the open house with an expected over 60,000 attendees on September 10th.
“The building wants to put on a show,” said Staines.
“They want to put this building through its paces before it goes on public display. We will be right next to them on September 8th and behind the scenes on September 10th and support them. “
PCL is a group of independent construction companies operating in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Australia. These diverse activities in the civil infrastructure, heavy industry and building markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers.
1906 – Ernest Poole starts a construction company in Saskatchewan.
1922 – Established the first branch in Edmonton, the first project was the Edmonton Public Library on Jasper Avenue.
1932 – Ernest moves the Poole family and headquarters to Edmonton.
1948 – John and George Poole buy the company from their father.
1977 – Bob Stollery and 24 other executives buy the company from the Poole family.
1996 – PCL completes Ottawa’s NHL arena (now known as the Canadian Tire Center).
1999 – PCL completes Air Canada Center in Toronto
1999 – PCL completes the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a record 18 months.
2004 – PCL completes the MTS Center in Winnipeg.
2011 – BC Place retractable roof and revitalization.
2012 – University of North Carolina Charlotte Football Stadium and Sports Complex.
2014 – Improvements at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
2015 – Retrofits and new roof at BMO Field Toronto
2016 – PCL completes the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina.
2016 – PCL completes Rogers Place in Edmonton.
* Currently under construction of the LAFC soccer stadium (2018) in Los Angeles.