Posted on December 8, 2008 by Tia Lalani

Zaidler Partnership Architects, an international firm with an office in Calgary, has been awarded the contract to design the Performing Arts Centre.

Zeidler Partnership Architects, an international firm with Canadian offices in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto, has been awarded the contract to design the new Performing Arts Centre.

The firm was selected earlier this month in a competitive bid process. Design work for the project will be based in Zeidler’s Calgary office and will involve architect Michael Nelson, who has designed performing arts centres across North America for the firm.

“Creating a first-class performing arts facility is one of the most complex architectural undertakings possible, demanding the highest level of specialized expertise,” says Zeidler’s Michael Nelson. “We are extremely pleased to lend our expertise to the creation of a high-calibre facility for Camrose.”

Zeidler’s architectural team will work closely with theatre consultant Richard Schick and acoustical consultant Dan Lyzun. They will begin meeting in early December with project partners and user groups to review the tentative building program submitted in support of a successful application for a Major Community Facilities Grant from the Alberta government.

The Performing Arts Centre is a partnership involving the City of Camrose, Camrose County and the University of Alberta. Its first phase will include a 550-seat concert hall designed for music, but able to accommodate theatre and dance, as well as a visual-art gallery space. The facility will also conform to LEED Silver standard of sustainability.

Zeidler has designed more than 80 performing arts-related facilities, including the Toronto Centre for the Arts, and the award-winning Living Arts Center in Mississauga. For this project, Zeidler will partner with HH Angus and Associates mechanical and electrical engineers, Focus Corporation civil engineers, and Halsall Associates structural engineers.

Zeidler’s well-known Canadian projects include Vancouver’s Canada Place; Calgary’s EnCana corporate office, The Bow, (with Foster & Partners); Toronto Sick Kids, the Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre in Edmonton and Bear Mountain Golf Resort near Victoria, BC.

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