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KC firm 360 Architecture will design Edmonton’s new NHL arena

Updated: 2014-02-14T01:47:34Z

By KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City-based 360 Architecture has scored another big sports project, the $436.8 million hockey arena expected to break ground next month in Edmonton, Alberta.

The firm had been in negotiations for more than a year on the Edmonton Oilers project. The team announced this week the project is a go, and work is expected to begin on the 18,641-seat arena in March.

The arena will be part of a larger downtown revival that will include a community ice rink, a light-rail transit station and a pedestrian walkway.

The Oilers arena is the second large project that 360 Architecture has won this year. The firm recently was named to the design team for a $400 million project at the University of Notre Dame. Its work will include adding premium seating and other fan facilities to the school’s football stadium.

A representative at 360 Architecture referred inquiries Thursday about the Oilers project to officials there.

“This is an exciting day for Edmonton as we move ahead with a project that will help realize our vision of a more vibrant downtown and ensures that the Edmonton Oilers remain a vital part of our city for years to come,” Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said in a statement.

The new Rogers Place arena is expected to be completed by the 2016 NHL season. The facility was described as being designed to be a world-class sports and entertainment venue with the best sports technology in North America. Icon Venue Group will manage the construction. Icon also managed the building of the Sprint Center.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to kcollison@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at kckansascity.

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