ETRO scores landmark BC Place contract ahead of 2026 World Cup

Burnaby-based ETRO Construction has achieved a significant milestone by securing the renovation contract for BC Place Stadium, a key project in preparation for FIFA World Cup 26.

This win marks a major milestone for ETRO, validating their innovative and sophisticated approach to construction. Competing against several large scale-general Contractors, ETRO believes their advanced pre-construction processes and proven track record of building complex projects were key factors in their being successfully awarded.

The BC Place renovation is a complex endeavor. The project comes with tight deadlines, a busy downtown location, and a packed events calendar requiring meticulous planning and coordination. Once completed, the renovated stadium will be showcased to the world during FIFA World Cup 26.

Dan Chyzowski (left) and Mike Maierle (right). – ETRO Construction

“We won the RFP competing against some of the largest general contractors in the city. We’ve proven that as an eight-and-a-half-year-old company, we are capable and qualified to deliver,” said Mike Maierle, President of ETRO Construction. “This project is fantastic for our brand and our team. It’s a unique, once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity. It’s going to be incredibly challenging, but it’s something special.”

Dan Chyzowski, ETRO’s Vice President of Construction, detailed the project’s timeline, which is divided into two primary phases when construction can occur within the facility. The first phase is underway and will continue until the Grey Cup. The second phase of the work will commence after pop superstar Taylor Swift and her fans descend upon the city in December, with the remainder of the work wrapping up by Spring 2026 in advance of the World Cup.

“At any given time there will be up to 10 projects concurrently under construction with the overall scope being divided into 12 projects in total. Many of the projects are executed over multiple phases due to the constraints of working within the stadium,” Chyzowski explained.

ETRO utilizes Virtual Design & Construction to identify challenges early on. – ETRO Construction

BC Place is a premier venue in British Columbia, hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the BC Lions, the Canada Sevens, and the BC Sports Hall of Fame, along with numerous concerts and events. The renovation will enhance high-impact areas to improve the fan experience, including upgrading hosting spaces, field club suites, adding vertical transportation to several of the upgraded spaces and improving accessibility within the stadium. There will also be additional upgrades to player facilities. 

With 50-plus events scheduled before the World Cup, ETRO will be required to engage with all stakeholders, including consultants, facilities teams, events teams, and other contractors on site to ensure minimal disruption during construction.

“We believe we were hired because of our unparalleled pre-construction and operations teams and the extensive experience our proposed team members will bring to this project. Our construction and Virtual Design & Construction teams are the best in the market, capable of coordinating and identifying issues early on. We are not a typical design-bid builder; we are a progressive construction partner,” Maierle stated.

“We don’t like cookie-cutter projects,” Chyzowski said. “We prefer complex projects that require significant brainpower and problem-solving. This is where our team adds immense value, and it’s one of the reasons we won the contract—our commitment to the front end and working collaboratively with the team.”

Crews work on a project at the University of British Columbia. – ETRO Construction

ETRO’s diverse experience with operational facilities, such as airports, shopping malls, and educational institutions, has been a key to their success. This broad experience will be essential for the BC Place project.

For Maierle and Chyzowski, the BC Place renovation is more than just a project; it’s a milestone for ETRO Construction and a launching pad to take them to the next level. “Being part of such a landmark project is a special moment for us. When we received the award, it was emotional and very exciting for our entire team,” Chyzowski shared. “We look forward to tackling this challenge alongside PavCo and the rest of the Project Team.”

ETRO’s growing team at their bi-annual town hall. – ETRO Construction


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