Location: Edmonton, Alberta
The Universiade Pavilion, commonly known as the Butterdome, is a 5,500 seat multi-purpose arena on the University of Alberta campus. The Pavilion was originally built for the 1983 Summer Universiade and featured the largest indoor field of its kind in Canada. It also includes facilities for gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, a 200m track and jumping pits. The facility, combined with its adjoining administrative space, provides the University with a flexible, multi-use facility to support various sports and recreation programs for both the university and the community.
BPTEC provided structural engineering services as a part of a consortium which provided complete architectural and engineering consulting services for the design of the Pavilion. A unique truss design was used to accomplish the large spans necessary for this facility and to provide space for the integration of mechanical equipment requirements. The project was contracted with a guaranteed maximum price in order to fit a definite budget constraint and within strict timelines to meet the schedule commitment for the 1983 Summer Universiade.