May 18, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s (GCTC) new Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre is situated at the corner of Wellington and Holland Streets in Ottawa. Located on the lowest three storeys of a new 12-storey condominium development being constructed by Windmill Developments, this 20,000-square-foot arts facility will provide greatly improved facilities for the GCTC’s patrons and artists, as well as providing a new arts hub for the city of Ottawa.
The facility will house a state-of-the-art 273-seat main stage theatre, a 90-seat multi-flex theatre, special needs accessibility, catered food concession and bar, and full back of house facilities including a workshop, wardrobe atelier, green room, dressing rooms, and hairdressing station. Administration offices are located on the third floor.
As architects of the new theatre, Griffiths Rankin Cook have been working in close cooperation with Busby Perkins + Will (Vancouver and Calgary), the architects of the condominium tower. Construction commenced in September 2005, with the GCTC projecting its opening in March 2007.
The Currents, the name of the entire complex, is expected to be the first Gold-certified residential complex in Canada under the Canadian Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program. The Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre will become the first “green” theatre in Canada.
For more information, please visit www.gctc.ca/new_theatre/