Downtown Begins It’s Transformation

New cranes and road reconstruction in St. Catharines’ downtown core signal the imminent construction of The New Performing Arts Centre. Though this summer’s road work on St. Paul Street is only a sneak peak of the complete overhaul of roads, sidewalks, trees and area surrounding The New Performing Arts Centre that will occur in summer 2014, this is an exciting step forward.

Work currently underway involves sidewalk and curb paving repairs from William Street to Court Street. Local business will remain open during construction and traffic will experience some detours.

Sosio Porretta, project director for Bird Construction – the company building The New Performing Arts Centre – explained the next steps of crane set up to The St. Catharines Standard:

“ project will require one big fixed crane on a concrete pad. The pad will be poured for the crane’s erection over the next couple of weeks. It will tower above the future arts centre until all concrete work is completed. Structural steelwork will be installed with portable cranes.”

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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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