1. What is the ENMAX Centrium Expansion Project?
The ENMAX Centrium expansion is a major upgrade to the existing ENMAX Centrium.
The upgrade includes 13 more luxury suites, 40 club seating seats as well as an additional 1,000 seats added to the 6,000 seat ENMAX Centrium facility.
The groundbreaking of the ENMAX Centrium Expansion Project will take place on April 16, 2012 and is estimated to be completed by the 2012/2013 Red Deer Rebels hockey season.
While construction is underway, it is "business as usual" at Westerner Park.
2. How does the ENMAX Centrium Expansion Project correlate to Westerner Park's Strategic Development Plan?
At Westerner Park, we feel strongly that in order to honour the past, we need to have a plan for the future. That's why we've embarked on a bold and innovative long-term redevelopment project.
In May of 2008, our Board of Directors approved a Strategic Development Plan that outlines an exciting new vision, acting as the blueprint for Westerner Park's growth over the next 40 years.
In 2009, we proudly completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Strategic Development Plan, opening several great new facilities and outdoor spaces.
In 2011, we worked closely with the municipal and provincial government to secure plans for the ENMAX Centrium Expansion Project. Although the expansion was not expected until closer to 2015, our Strategic Development Plan's flexibility enabled our Board of Directors to shift focus
to this project.
And that's just the beginning. Even more beautiful park areas, pedestrian-friendly walkways and corridors, improved parking and traffic access, and clustered 'neighbourhoods' of related spaces and facilities are still to come!
3. Where will the funding come from for this project?
Total grant funding for this $3.5 million project will come from the Province of Alberta's Community Facility Enhancement Program ($1.75 million), The City of Red Deer ($1 million), and Red Deer County ($500,000). Westerner Park will make up any shortfalls in the total construction cost.
4. Who will design the new upgrades?
The ENMAX Centrium Expansion Project was awarded to Group2 Architecture Engineering Ltd. as a result of their wealth of experience and architectural strategy related to comprehensive expansions such as the ENMAX Centrium expansion.
5. Why does the ENMAX Centrium need an expansion?
The expansion will have significant economic impact on central Alberta in attracting national, international and world events to Westerner Park.
It will help us secure new sales opportunities such as major artists along the likes of Elton John as well as large-scale events like the Brier and Memorial Cup.
6. Will the construction impact parking and traffic flow for events taking place at Westerner Park?
No, fortunately the majority of construction will take place within the ENMAX Centrium so the Westerner Park grounds will not be affected.
7. Will events that are currently booked at the ENMAX Centrium be impacted by the construction?
No, events that have already been booked prior to the expansion will not be impacted by the expansion.
8. How do we maintain building security during construction?
We are sticking to the catch-phrase that during the construction, it is "business as usual". For those events taking place at Westerner Park during the construction, the same safety measures that are enforced year-round will continue to be put in place throughout the duration of the expansion project.
9. What will the new additions to the project look like?
You can view some renderings of the expansion on our Flickr page here.
10. How can I get involved and stay up to date on this project?
There are numerous ways to stay informed about the expansion. Join the Westerner Park action by using some of the communication mediums we have launched below!
Website / Blog: You can visit our blog to get the inside scoop on all of the exciting additions and updates related to the expansion. We will be blogging daily throughout the course of this project about exciting updates and news you will want to be the first to know!
Facebook: "Like" the Westerner Park Facebook page to receive daily updates about the expansion.
Twitter: Follow "Westerner Park" on Twitter as it will be heavily utilized to relay information and updates throughout the expansion. Stay involved and tell us your thoughts about the expansion by using the project's official Hashtag; "#ENMAXexpansion".