Construction of a $65-million one-stop shop for injured or high-performance athletes got underway officially in Burnaby yesterday.

Canucks Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Lyle Green of the B.C. Lions cast their hands in cement to help launch the MultiSport Centre For Excellence.

The complex, located across Kensington Avenue from the Bill Copeland Sports Centre, combines sports medicine and rehab with strength and conditioning facilities.

“The MultiSport Centre of Excellence is all about the athlete,” said Scott Cousens, the man behind the project. “It will always be all about the athlete.”

The 13,000-square-metre facility features a gymnasium, a 120-room athlete-village, two artificial-turf fields, retail space and a restaurant.

The centre is slated to open next June in time for the 2009 World Police and Fire Games.