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BC Place

Stantec, Studio Phillips Barratt

Project Name

BC Place

Project Status


Year Completed



  • Architect (2011 renovation): Stantec/Cannon Design (Turf and Seating)
  • Architect (1983 original construction): Studio Phillips Barratt
  • Partners (2011): Gelger and Schialch Bergman
  • Client (2011): B.C. Pavilion Corporation
  • Facilities Planning and Operations, Interior Design, Visioning Brands Experience (2011): Stantec
  • Stantec team (2011): Douglas Hamming, senior principal, architecture; Darren Burns, senior principal, architecture; Peter Wreglesworth, senior principal, sector leader, commercial (Canada); and Laurenz Kosicheck, principal architecture.



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Project Description


For over 30 years BC Place has stood as an icon in the Vancouver skyline. As the largest event facility of its kind in the province, it has hosted over 32 million people since opening.

After hosting a generation of world class events, the stadium had begun to fall into disrepair, and it became obvious that a major renovation would be required if it was to remain a viable. With Vancouver’s successful bid for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games the stadium was to function as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies. To create a space that would be suitable for such a significant event, and for major events of a similar scale in the future, Stantec was asked to help guide the stadium on its journey of renewal.

Stantec’s design team worked to completely transform the stadium from a tired, outdated facility into a vibrant center of the surrounding community. Features such as the world’s largest cable supported retractable roof, a unique LED exterior lighting system, and the second largest center-hung scoreboard in North America have garnered recognition from the local and international design communities. While a state of the art sound system, upgraded concessions, and improved seating provide patrons with an enhanced experience and level of entertainment.

Capacity: 54,500

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