At the official opening Gala of the new performing arts centre Saturday night, the City of Camrose and University of Alberta proudly announced the centre will be named the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.
The City and University are honoured that this building, which complements other recreational and cultural facilities in the region, was one of three projects across Alberta chosen by the family to remember Peter Lougheed.
“This project is unique among the three, as it also honours Jeanne whose life-long passion and support for the arts was first nurtured right here in Camrose,” said Mayor Norm Mayer. “Jeanne and Peter were often referred to as a team, and their legacy shaped a progressive attitude in support of cultural initiatives, which will continue to resonate in this state-of-the art building for generations to come. Camrose residents are proud to be selected for this honour; we are delighted Jeanne is here this evening – Thank you for your service, your inspirational support of the arts, and welcome home.”
Stephen Lougheed, speaking on behalf of his mother Jeanne, has said this honour resonates strongly with the family. “This project recognizes our parents together, but in particular draws attention to Mom’s influence and her love for the arts. It celebrates our parents’ long partnership and their belief that the support of creative endeavours is integral to building healthy communities. Support for and access to cultural initiatives throughout the province was a priority during the years our father served as Premier. Its importance continues today and is exemplified in this beautiful new facility,” said Stephen Lougheed.
The Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre was made possible through a partnership of the City of Camrose, Camrose County, the University of Alberta and the Government of Alberta, whose shared vision was to build a venue where residents and visitors of all ages could be entertained, educated and inspired as audience members, artists and performers (just as Jeanne [Rogers] Lougheed was so many years ago).
The Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, a design/build project with Clark Builders and BR2 Architects, will have a transformative impact on more than just the arts in the East Central Region of Alberta. The building’s distinctive design–using technology that wasn’t even available when shovels first broke ground on the project two years ago—focuses on energy efficiency and sustainability.
The all-LED house and stage lighting, believed to be a first in North America, provides dimmable, colour-true lights that eliminate the excessive power draw and heat that traditional lights generate on stage and also transfer to the audience chamber. As a result, utility costs will be reduced substantially. The exterior of the fly-tower hosts the largest in-built photovoltaic array in Canada. “In-built” describes a process where solar- panels are not simply added to the exterior of the building but are integrated into the actual building finish. The panels, which because of Camrose’s latitude were installed on all four sides of the fly-tower, will help provide needed power when the centre is being used for performances, and a two-way metering system will also track the return of power to the grid during non-peak times. These two innovations combined are projected to reduce annual utility costs by more than $50,000.
The Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre is part of the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. But it serves a dual purpose, supporting the educational programs for the university and functioning as a community facility for Camrose and the surrounding region. Dean and CEO of Augustana Dr. Allen Berger praised “the extraordinary town-gown collaboration that has made this project possible.” “We look forward to welcoming the community to university events,” he said, “and we’re excited that community arts groups, especially the many dancers in Camrose, will finally have a state-of-the-art facility that meets and perhaps even exceeds all their needs.”