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CALGARY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCING LAND LOCATION OF THE CALGARY FILM CENTRE

Date Posted: Monday, June 6, 2014


Lawson Projects and Kasian Architecture named as Project Manager and Prime Consultant respectively

(CALGARY, AB)- Calgary Economic Development is excited to announce that we have secured the land necessary to begin construction on the Calgary Film Centre. The Centre will be built on 8.35 acres of land located at 5750 76 Avenue S.E.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that, through an RFP process, Lawson Projects has been selected as the Project Manager while Kasian Architecture has been selected as the Prime Consultant for the project.

“The film, television and creative industries have been firmly established as an important part of the economic landscape in Alberta,” said Luke Azevedo, Commissioner for Film, Television and Creative Industries at Calgary Economic Development. “And today’s land announcement takes us one big step closer towards ensuring the continued success, viability and business attraction of Alberta's screen-based production sector.”

Four years ago, Calgary Economic Development established a unique non-profit corporation for the specific purpose of providing infrastructure and programming in support of film, television and creative industries through the development of state-of-the-art, purpose-built studio facilities.

“The construction of a film studio in Calgary is critical to maintaining and growing our film, television and digital media industry,” said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. “It is a great project for the city and I congratulate my colleagues at Calgary Economic Development on their tenacity in seeing this through.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Calgary Economic Development, the City of Calgary and The Province of Alberta on this exciting new state-of-the-art facility which has been over a decade in the making,” stated Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO, Comweb Corp./William F. White International Inc.  “Together, we remain committed to bolstering Calgary’s reputation as a first-choice destination for film, television and digital media production.” 

The land for the Calgary Film Centre was selected through a competitive process after touring and evaluating 18 potential sites.

Facts about the Calgary Film Centre:

  • 8.53 acres located at 5750 76 Avenue S.E.
  • The projected opening date is scheduled for fall 2015
  • The total projected cost is approximately $22.8 million
  • The Centre will feature 50,000 sq ft of purpose-built sound stages.
  • The Centre will also include 20,000 sq ft of warehouse space with an additional 15,000 sq ft of multi-purpose space (office, workshop/production, props, sets, wardrobes, etc.)
  • William F. White International will be the anchor tenant
  • Alberta’s film, television and digital media industry employs over 3,000 people and is responsible for hundreds of millions in economic activity every year

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