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05-08-2013, 12:53 PM
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It sounded like an interesting concept. I would however be curious to know what the cost were for the other three buildings that were built as a result of the ominplex not being built.
afairc combined cost of the 3 facilities would be around 65M with Coliseum and Commonwealth accounting for around 48M.
Needs to be understood however that the Shaw Conference Center was much more expensive then need be due to location, design, and massive prep work required to build such a facility on a river bank. This was unpopular as well at the time. Built anywhere else its a fraction of the cost.
Keep in mind as well that Omniplex was an unconventional design for its time with only MSG having a similar concept albeit entirely different design. With Omniplex there was always going to be the big owe type risks that roof wouldn't work, would be hazardous, would be cost ineffective, require excessive maintenance etc. Add to this the unfavorable and unstable soil conditions and weather effects of Edmonton and this was a very poor choice location for an entirely untried, untested design. WE could easily have ended up with a football stadium pancaked on top of an alleged ice arena for all time. The ice arena layout was bad to begin with even as designed and was said to not meet NHL standards at the time which is also mentioned in the link.
Finally, the cost estimates for Omniplex were just that, there was really no telling how much that thing was going to cost.
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