Preliminary Work Begins on NEW PAC

As of today, June 17, crews are occupying St. Paul and Carlisle to begin preparing the site of what will become the new Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines.

Preliminary work on the on the 95,000 square foot cultural and academic complex designed by Diamond + Schmitt Architects will include installation of services, excavation, preparation of the facility’s foundations, establishing a compound area and securing the site.

The first major milestone will be erecting a crane to assist with moving materials around the site.

“We’re eager to see workers back on site and initiate construction on our new Performing Arts Centre,” said Mayor Brian McMullan. “This centre will change the face of our downtown landscape and once open, breathe new life into the heart of our city.”

The stunning state-of-the-art facility will be comprised of four unique performance venues capable of hosting a variety of events, productions and performances.

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Bird Construction to Build NEW PAC

On May 27, Bird Construction Group was awarded a $42 million contract to build the new performing arts centre. Bird Construction Group was also selected to build Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker’s School of Fine and Performing Arts, which will be located adjacent to the performing arts centre.

Of the four companies who submitted bids – all of which were under budget – Bird’s bid was the lowest at $36.85 million. With the winning bid coming in at less than what was projected it would cost to erect the facility, the city can now add back some of the aesthetic features and finishes that had been previously trimmed from the project.

“With Council’s unanimous support, we can continue with construction of our Preforming Arts Centre which is a vital component of our downtown revitalization plans,” said St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan. “The spotlight will be shining on St. Catharines when the curtain finally rises and we take centre stage in 2015.”

To learn more about Bird Construction Group’s winning bid, check out these links: