For Immediate Release - Dec. 1, 2009
Steel goes up, concrete is poured, at the Locust Street construction site
BURLINGTON, ON - The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) is progressing on time and within budget, according to a staff report presented to council on Nov. 30. Steel structures are in place and walls are going up as construction continues through the fall and winter months at Locust and Elgin streets.
Work will soon be underway on the main auditorium and studio theatre walls as the BPAC begins to take shape.
“I am very pleased with the progress of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre as it stays on target, both financially and structurally,” said Keith Strong, chair of the newly-formed Burlington Theatre Board. “The facility, which is the product of public consultation, is a leading design. It will be Canada’s first stand-alone green theatre, and will welcome people of all levels of ability. It is destined to be the cultural centerpiece of our community.”
Over the next several months, the following construction is to be completed on the project site:
- Site grading and backfilling works
- Water main installation and sanitary sewer connections
- Second phase hydro burial work
- Basement floor pours
- Erection of structural steel components
- Construction of main auditorium walls and start of building cladding.
In addition, approvals are in place and the pedestrian bridge connection is set to begin construction in early 2010. Quality control is top of mind on the construction site.
“It is important to note that all critical building materials supplied for the project will undergo a quality assurance program during the construction of the BPAC,” said project manager Craig Stevens. “Ongoing construction work will also be subject to rigorous inspection to confirm that it meets project specifications.”
As construction is underway, the BPAC Fundraising Cabinet continues to be successful, securing $9.5 million of its $11-million goal to date. The cabinet is working toward the goal with renewed effort and is:
- Securing sponsors for the community studio theatre
- Offering naming rights for 730 seats in the main auditorium
- Securing sponsors for last few remaining naming opportunities
- Continuing Keys to the Future, a fundraising campaign to purchase a grand piano.
An executive director for the centre is expected to be selected in early 2010. The executive director will develop a financial and programming plan for the opening season, create effective partnerships with arts and culture groups, the business community, sponsors, donors, and neighborhood residents, and lead the new organization through the final phases of construction and into its formal opening and first season.
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Backgrounder: Burlington Performing Arts Centre
- Construction began on the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, the city’s largest ever capital construction project, in March after Burlington City Council awarded the construction tender to Bird Construction Co. of Toronto for $26.8 million on Feb. 23, 2009. The new facility is expected to open in 2011.
- The final design of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is the product of extensive public consultation that took place during 2008. When completed it will be an excellent venue for productions, receptions, exhibitions, community functions and civic events. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is expected to generate economic spin-offs including new tourism and convention opportunities, the creation of new jobs and the continued pedestrian- friendly environment downtown.
- A LEED-certified building (leadership in energy and environmental design), it is destined to be Ontario's first stand-alone green performing arts centre. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is expected to generate economic spin-offs including new business opportunities, the creation of new jobs and the continued pedestrian-friendly environment downtown.
- The centre is being designed by Diamond + Schmitt Architects Inc. and will feature a 730-seat main stage theatre, a 225-seat studio theatre, atrium space and an event patio. It will also include a six-storey fly tower allowing Burlington to host a wide variety of productions.
- The Burlington Performing Arts Centre will be located at Locust and Elgin streets, near Spencer Smith Park, home of Canada's largest Ribfest and the Sound of Music festival, two top Ontario festivals. It will also be near the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington, a popular destination for Burlington residents and visitors on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Quality assurance measures include project specifications and construction drawings prepared by the project architect which identify a rigorous quality assurance program to be followed during the construction of the BPAC. It specifies that shop inspections of the structural steel, exterior glazing and other critical building materials will be carried out by a team of specialists before the materials are delivered to the site. In addition, each supplier will be required to provide evidence of their own quality control prior to the acceptance of the materials. Ongoing construction work will also be subject to rigorous inspection to confirm that it is carried out in line with the project specifications.