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ACT Project Team

In October, 2020, CMLC, Arts Commons, and The City of Calgary entered a tri-party agreement and formed the ACT Oversight Committee with CMLC acting as Development Manager, overseeing the project and managing the procurement of the entire project team. The procurement process began in December 2020 and by February 2021, members of the initial team were selected. See below for more information on the project team.


Prime Design Team Announcement

On February 9th, the Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) project partners – Arts Commons, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, and The City of Calgary - announced ACT’s Prime Design Team—an impressive collection of global and local leaders in architecture and design who will bring a rich variety of perspectives and specialties to the project.

Leading the team is KPMB, an internationally recognized architectural practice based in Toronto with proven expertise in major arts and theatre projects, including at Toronto’s Massey Hall + Allied Music Centre and the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. Tawaw Architecture Collective Inc., led by Canada’s first First Nations woman to become licensed to practice architecture in Canada, will ensure the Indigenous perspective is thoughtfully woven into all aspects of ACT’s design. Rounding out the team is Calgary-based Hindle Architects, a trusted local firm with a history of successful projects around Calgary and SLA, out of Denmark, an internationally renowned nature-based design studio.

The Project Team




The City of Calgary

Development Manager


Building Operator

Arts Commons

Project Manager

Colliers (Calgary)

Theatre Consultant

Fisher Dachs Associates (New York)

Cost Consultants

Venue Consulting, in collaboration with A.W. Hooker

Acoustic Consultant

Threshold Acoustics

Pre-Construction Manager

PCL Construction

Construction Manager


Structural Engineer and Building Condition Assessment Consultant


Mechanical Engineer Consultant

Reinbold and Altieri Sebor Wieber

Electrical Engineer Consultant

Crossey Engineering with Designcore

Prime Design Consultant

KPMB with Tawaw Architecture, Hindle Architects, and SLA

Audio Visual Consultant

Threshold Acoustics

Accessibility Consultant

Level Playing Field


Additional members of the ACT Project Team will be announced as they are brought on board. Stay tuned by following us on Twitter.

“Arts Commons is the beating heart of Calgary's downtown.”

~ The Honourable Doug Black, Canadian Senator

“Arts Commons will be a key contributor to the social, economic, cultural, and intellectual life and well-being of Calgarians and visitors alike, and an important building-block for the revitalization of the downtown core suffering.”

~ Mayor Naheed Nenshi

"Bringing back Alberta’s economic strength and attracting investment will require a complete community. That includes infrastructure as well as quality of life elements, like professional sports teams and of course a strong and vibrant arts and culture scene. These are all important pieces of making people and companies want to move to and stay in Calgary. The Arts Commons Transformation will enhance our ability to succeed while providing much-needed capacity for citizens to enjoy performance arts."

~ Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation

"The quality of a community’s cultural infrastructure has a direct impact on quality of life and therefore, on the competitiveness ​of communities in attracting people ​and investment."

~ Canadian Council of Chief Executives

"CMLC is proud to be a partner on this project that is adding to the cultural identity of Calgary. We are confident the team will provide a design solution that improves the resiliency, accessibility and capacity of Arts Commons and that its experiences will be designed to meet the needs of the community for years to come."

~ Kate Thompson, President and CEO, CMLC

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