Rogers Place Arena to Obtain LEED Silver Certification
January 20, 2016
Canam Group teams, particularly those at Canam-Heavy, have yet another reason to be proud. The Rogers Place project, an arena that will soon be home to the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) and the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL – Western Hockey League), will be the first such facility on Canadian soil to obtain LEED® Silver Certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The venue, which was designed to ensure a reduced carbon footprint and optimal energy efficiency from top to bottom, is slated to officially open in time for the 2016-2017 hockey season.
For Canam Group, Rogers Place will be its fourth professional-league arena project to receive this prestigious designation. In 2010, CONSOL Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, obtained LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
One year earlier, in 2009, two arena projects that Canam Group partnered in during the late 90s also received LEED® certification, this time in the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance category: the Philips Arena in Georgia that’s home to the Atlanta Hawks (basketball), Thrashers (hockey) and Dream (basketball), and the AmericanAirlines Arena in Florida, home of the Miami Heat (basketball). Using the LEED® for Existing Buildings Rating System as a roadmap to achieve the coveted certification, AmericanAirlines Arena administrators continued to invest in sustainability. Their efforts paid off at the start of 2015 with a new certification for the arena, that of LEED® Gold.
Throughout North America, there are but 20 or so sports facilities that hold LEED® certifications. These venues stand apart in their commitment to protect the environment, a cause that Canam Group is more than happy to be a part of.