CANADA SUMMER GAMES
The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games announced today that Ontario-based Aquicon Construction has been awarded the contract to build two of the key legacy projects for the Games – Canada Games Park and the Henley Rowing Centre. Construction will begin immediately for the Canada Games Park project that will host a number of different athletic events for the Games in 2021.
“This is yet another significant milestone in our preparation for the Games,” explained Doug Hamilton, Chair of the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society. “We look forward to working with Aquicon to develop facilities that will not only greatly enhance the 2021 Canada Games, but will also leave a critical legacy for many years after the Games.”
Aquicon is no stranger to Niagara, having built the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls and the Vale Health and Wellness Centre in Port Colborne. The former being a four-pad hockey facility and the latter being a multi-use recreational facility that houses ice rinks, a fitness centre and a pool. Aquicon was also responsible for the multi-million dollar transformation of Niagara College’s Welland Campus, a massive construction project that significantly expanded the College’s programming. And, in 2005 Aquicon completed construction of the $24 million dollar MacBain Community Centre in Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati said the city’s experience with Aquicon was top notch. “Aquicon was very good to work with and I’m confident they will do an excellent job building the 2021 Canada Summer Games facilities in Niagara.”
Daniel Aquino, president of Aquicon, said his entire team is excited to get started. “The biggest thing for us is adding something to the community. When you can tag yourself onto the flagship project of something like the Canada Summer Games, it’s pretty special.” Aquino said the company currently has six or seven athletic facility projects on the go with many more successfully completed over the years.
The family-owned company was formed in 1986 by the Aquino brothers, who were both experienced general contractors before joining forces. The company has grown dramatically since its formation, and has completed numerous large-scale projects in a variety of sectors including recreation centres, multi-storey residential facilities, operation centres and post-secondary institutions.
“We are committed to completing the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games project on time and on budget, and to that end will draw from Niagara’s trades and labour as much as we possibly can”, added Aquino.
About the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games
At the peak of Niagara’s boldest summer yet, more than 5,000 young athletes and their coaches will gather to compete for the podium in Canada’s largest multi-sport event. On its road to glory, this shining generation of hopefuls will leave its mark on our community and on the country – transforming, inspiring, and unifying us all through the power of sport.
As ambassadors of Niagara’s unrivaled warmth and compassion, thousands of volunteers will play host to the nation. The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games will celebrate the wonder of sport alongside arts and culture. The Games will honour our indigenous communities, and showcase a remarkable heritage of hard work and innovation in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.
With world-renowned hospitality, the people of Niagara will welcome visitors from across the country. Spirited events, spectacular entertainment, and the theatre of elite competition will spark new energy in the region as our streets, skies, and waterways shimmer with ceremony and celebration that is befitting of Canada’s best young athletes.
From Aug. 6 to 21, 2021, Niagara will surge stronger than ever on the national stage. The Games will give rise to a new legacy of ambition, confidence, and compassion that will inspire generations to come. For further information, visit us here or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@2021canadagames).