February 16, 2009
by Canadian Architect
Zeidler Partnership Architects has been selected to design the University of Alberta’s Performing Arts Centre at the Augustana campus in Camrose. The facility, to cost an estimated $22 million, will provide performing space for local arts groups, schools and touring groups, as well as for the University. It is slated for completion in late 2010.
“The new performing arts centre could help turn Camrose – a smaller city close to three urban areas – into a festival town like Niagara on the Lake or Tanglewood,” says Steven Carruthers of Zeidler Partnership Architects. “The whole idea of a prairie town having such a facility is as revolutionary as building the Banff School of Fine Arts in the late 1940s, and look what happened there. It’s the power of an idea that moves people.”
Zeidler is recognized as a world leader in performing arts centre design, with an impressive 80 centres to their credit. “Creating a first-class performing arts facility is one of the most complex architectural undertakings possible, demanding a high level of specialized expertise,” adds Zeidler’s Marilyn Palmer. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the University of Alberta, the City of Camrose and Camrose County to create a high-calibre facility for Camrose.”
At almost 40,000 square feet, the Camrose Performing Arts Centre will be constructed in two phases. Phase One will feature a 550-seat main theatre and audience chamber. Phase Two will add a black box theatre, drama studio and additional support spaces for performances. On completion, the centre will offer a top-quality flexible performance and arts space. The facility will also conform to LEED Silver standards of sustainability.
Zeidler is known throughout North America for its performing arts centres, including the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, the Premier Dance Theatre at the Queen’s Quay Terminal in Toronto, the Kravitz Centre in Florida, and the Long Centre for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas. “Dreyfoos Hall in the Kravis Center provides North America with an opera house truly suitable for the performance of opera,” says Brian Dickie, former General Director of the Canadian Opera Company. “I have no doubt at all that Verdi would have been delighted with what has been achieved, and I am now looking forward to hearing the operas of Wagner performed in North America in a suitable building for the first time ever.”
For the Alberta project, Zeidler will engage Halsall Associates as structural engineers, HH Angus and Associates as mechanical and electrical engineers and Focus Corporation as civil engineers. Zeidler’s Victoria office will act as landscape architects.
Zeidler Partnership Architects is an international architectural firm with Canadian offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. The firm is Architect of Record for The Bow, EnCana’s corporate headquarters in Calgary, the largest sustainable commercial project in North America, and the Bison Courtyard in Banff, the first LEED Gold building in a national park. Nationally, the firm’s projects include the design of Vancouver’s iconic Canada Place, Toronto’s Trump Tower, Ontario Place, Eaton Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children.
For more information about the firm, please visit www.zeidlerpartnership.com.