New Qualico Training Centre Game Changer for Team Manitoba Athletes, Exchange District

Weeks before the 150th Canada Summer Games takes centre stage in Winnipeg, a new high-performance sports training facility officially opened its doors in the city’s downtown core. A large audience of athletes, project and community stakeholders, government officials, and project team members witnessed the ribbon cutting ceremony, bringing to a close a 12-year effort to fill a void in city’s historic Exchange District.

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Photos: Grand opening ribbon cutting | Interior showing the spacious playing surface

The 150,000 sq. ft. Qualico Training Centre, the second and final phase of Sport Manitoba’s Sport for Life Centre project, is set to become the legacy building of the summer games. As a host facility for volleyball and basketball, the versatile fieldhouse will welcome athletes, visitors and spectators with a light-filled space that will continue to serve athletes, community members and not-for-profit organizations long after the torch is extinguished on the games.

“It’s going to be an incredible asset during the Canada Summer Games,” said Mayor Brian Bowman in his address to the audience. “But as mayor of Winnipeg what makes me particularly proud is the what it’s going to do for our downtown.”

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Photos: Mayor Brian Bowman speaks at the grand opening event | Project team members Don Beaton and Craig Bachynski  (Number TEN)

The project is the result of a determined effort on behalf of Sport Manitoba to address the needs of Manitoba’s high-performance athletes in a multitude of sports who previously lacked suitable training and clinic space. To achieve maximum benefit for Winnipeggers, especially downtown residents and employees, the facility also serves the broader public with a wide-range of affordable programming ranging from gym memberships and spin classes to not-for profit outreach, wellness and rehabilitation programs for organizations such as the Salvation Army.

Sport Manitoba CEO Jeff Hnatiuk thanked a long list of project stakeholders including the Sport for Life building committee, board of directors, all three levels of government, volunteers, private sector and community donors, residents, as well as the multidisciplinary project team led by Number TEN for bringing the building to life after years of hard work. “When the games are done, those efforts will be remembered for the legacies they have left on our province.”

The Canada Summer Games will take place from July 28-Aug 13. Tickets for all events are on sale and can be purchased at http://canadagames.ca/2017/content/tickets. For information on community programming and gym memberships, visit https://www.sportmanitoba.ca/canada-games-centre

Project Team for Canada Games Sport For Life Centre and Qualico Training Centre (Phase 1 and 2):
Prime Consultant: Number TEN Architectural Group
General Contractor: Bockstael Construction
Structural Engineering: Crosier Kilgour & Partners
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Tower Engineering