MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Bird Construction announced on Oct. 2 that it has signed a contract to design, build and short-term finance the Moncton Downtown Centre arena in Moncton, N.B.
The 250,000-square-foot facility will include a single NHL-sized ice surface with more than 9,000 permanent seats. The arena will be the future home of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The facility includes a reconfiguration design of 10,000 seats to accommodate other events. The downtown centre will also include flex space, a club lounge, private boxes and a multi-use outdoor plaza facility that will include an outdoor skating rink.
Bird said it expects to start site development this fall with full construction starting in the spring of 2016. The new arena is expected to be open Sept. 1, 2018.
Moncton city council had approved the project in August and also voted to award the contract for construction and operation of the centre to Bird Capital, a consortium made up of Bird Construction, Stantec Architecture, SMG Canada, Populous and BDA Landscape Architects.